this semester has been a busy one, and I’ve done 3 shorter projects.
the first project
This set of work was created from two portraits. This work was created for a play titled “Rivers Flowing Upstream”. I initially started with the scanning of prints and manipulating it with physical movement; and needless to say the resulting photos were very macabre, and unaesthetic. I was designing a poster to be put in elevators, so I needed something more aesthetic. This resulted in majority of the work in Photoshop, and I started out with an idea of making it like lapis cake. The work then resulted in this, after a lot of thinking, and this is the poster resulting from the play.
the second project
this set of photographs was shot on E-6 Slide Film that is x-pro-ed. the double exposures were all done in the camera, and not much post processing was put into the shots. The play that this was for was called “In Tunnel & Shadow”, and the plot was set in a post-apocalyptic world. The characters of the play were stuck in a nuclear bunker and the plot carries on from that vein. These photos were conceptually to develop on the idea of scarcity, and the human need to capture memories visually. The photoshoot was particularly enjoyable for me, and I hope the cast had their equal share of fun :).
Cross-processed film is a very interesting form of thinking about light, and I would probably re-explore that in the future.
the third project
ON FEELING TEXTURES
I photographed and designed this book of textures in a time when I felt the need to feel and reconnect with a sense that I do not use often enough.
The body of work created is a reflection of my mindscape through this period of time, as it attempts to explore the notion on how we feel things.
Do we feel textures, do we see textures, how does one appreciate texture, how does one feel?
Creating this work was very interesting, and I shot it on a single roll of 36 exposures. I chose Delta ISO 3200 film to create that form of grittiness that reminds me of Moriyama’s work. The work was printed in the darkroom on silver gelatin paper, and a total of 30 exposures were printed. The other 6 were not suitable for printing, thus were not printed. I’ve been lately thinking about the creation of a perfect roll of film; and this is one of the rolls of the film that is meant to work towards this roll of film.
This work was inspired by the multitude of feelings I felt in my semester in school, and much of it pointed towards my disconnection with feeling. This book was designed with the catalogs of paint, and textures that designers and home designers have. The photos were bound on the long end into a small booklet.
I exhibited this work at EPHEMERA (Substation) and ToBoCo (Yale-NUS), and the opinions I have gotten regarding this work has been interesting. I created this work so that the previous person would affect how the next person would experience it. I walked from Clementi to Botanic Gardens to Orchard then to City Hall to finish the entire roll of film. A lot of the work I do reminds me of the pilgrim’s progress, as I go for lengthened walks to do my shots.
This semester has been interesting, and I would appreciate any criticisms on my art process, if you have!