I hope this note gets to all the followers of this blog because it is of absolutely zero interest to anyone else.
First and foremost, thank you all very, very, very much (several thousand times if the stats are to be believed). It is an enormous pleasure for me to have my work seen (and occasionally even liked) by such an eclectic bunch of people from all over this fine planet. The most pleasing aspect is that, with very few exceptions, none of you actually know me and so you have no vested interest in whether this work succeeds or fails. Therefore, your decision to stay with the show is based purely on what you have seen and there is something reassuringly real about that.
As you probably already know, reality and its representation in visual art, is what this entire project is about. I have always been fascinated by the very tenuous relationship between reality and our perception. It’s not that we all live in some matrix-like bath, being fed false information, it’s just that there’s no actual way of proving that we don’t. Photography is my medium of choice because it provides an alternative pathway between light (the real world) and our imagination or perception. My experiment is to use the technology of photography with the “rules” of other visual arts, which place much less emphasis on realism and much more on imagination.
Anyway, the point of today’s post is to report that this exploratory phase of the project has come to a conclusion. It actually did some months ago but light from my universe takes quite a long time to reach the world wide web. This is not an end because I have developed techniques that will be used in future works as the project moves onto a more narrative phase. I have various ideas for projects that can make use of these techniques. Basically, too many ideas, not enough time.
However, what I am currently working on is making some real objects that use light as a basic construction material and that also change over the course of time. I would not really call these sculptures because they are simply collections of objects, most of which are being used for the wrong purposes. They are not meant to be touched, just viewed. I think of them as moving images created with light – another type of photograph. Trouble is, it’s not too conducive to posting on a blog, and besides, there’s not much to see at the present time.
So, for the near future, I have decided to display some of the images that you have already seen, in a way that you have never seen them before; except of course for those who have (you know who you are). What I’m talking about here is size. The pictures I make are high resolution prints of around 40×50 cms or larger. The idea being that you would see something recognisable at a normal viewing distance, but something quite different if you moved closer in. A bit like the effect of a painting made with a palette knife.
I have had to reduce the size of my pictures for viewing on this blog, which means that you have only ever seen small versions of what are actually reasonably sized pictures. So, I have cropped a 1200×800 pixel area from several pictures to show you this detail, which is of course, where the devil resides. And if you didn’t know that, then you have clearly never had to make an insurance claim. I’m not sure what to call these, devil’s pickings? abstract extracts? Who knows?
They should be a good size to use as wallpapers for your ‘phone or tablet. If you like, you could play a game that I might call “spot the devil”. Because many of these details will have come from pictures already posted here, you can try to discover what post the devil was in. I can give you a hint to start in saying that the first batch all come from the “petrified forest” series but beware, not all of the images from that series were posted. I only mention this because some people have enjoyed playing snap on this site and I thought I might try to add a new game.
I have also created a photo book using images from this project and some of my meandering musings. It is titled “The Book of Loaf” which, if nothing else, is a testament to my atrocious spelling. Where would we ebb without spell checkers?
You can view the entire book by CLICKING HERE and you can even buy a copy, but I wouldn’t advise it, unless you have more money than art. On the other hand, if you happen to know someone of a nervous disposition and you would like to give them a surprise, then feel free.