Projects: Aberrational Expressionism
What may appear disparate and disconnected images are in fact intrinsically linked by concept and a unique defining technique. Crucially, each photograph in the series is created “in camera” with only minimal post processing limited to manipulation of levels and cropping. The process is based around an abuse of a function that requires variant exposures to be composited together to produce an HDR image. This function expects each exposure to be identically composed and shot on a tripod. However, each of these images are created using a range of moving subjects and camera movements. Each one is effectively a glitch, an aberration, a peculiarity of this camera function. And each possesses a variety of aesthetic qualities and poetic interpretations.
Filled with both happy accidents and fortuitous occurrences along with skill, intuition, careful manipulation and selection; this project has produced a plethora of results from the graphic to the abstract. Each is the expression of a real event that is the culmination of the actual, the technical, the gestural and happenstance.
Captured through a wet windscreen on a grey and wet Autumn day from the top of a moving London bus. Presenting a painterly response to the drabness of an everyday scene by rearranging the elements into something extraordinary using this typically static function. It redefines the landscape with smudges generated from the view itself combined with the rain and swift movement of the camera lens.
Shot with full depth of field and articulated with elaborate movements, this image is one of the least predictable and impossible to replicate outcomes of a technique that already leaves so much out of the photographer’s control. The resulting work is dark and broody with intense texture and energy. Virtually lifting the traffic into a tornado created by the artist’s hands and his finely tuned instrument.
Shot on a wet and blustery day, tourists in their umbrellas scamper through busy Venice. Captured with maximum depth of field, subtle textures and deep blacks appear through the movements of the people and camera combined. Set against the recognisably romantic Venetian backdrop, this juxtaposition provides both a ghostly and unnerving atmosphere.
Walking with a busy crowd over a staircase, people on either side and coming towards, all moving at different speeds. Camera collaging static and moving elements from each exposure into one single pictorial puzzle. Highlighting the haphazard nature of the photographic technique whilst portraying the life and energy of the bustling Venice tourists in a fresh and exciting way.
Photographed amidst the clamour of bicycles, trams and people in the heart of Amsterdam; this image collages a unique blend of digitised, figurative and abstracted elements. With a sharp twist of the zoom and then dragged to the right, the distant layers come to the front of the picture plane and weave the composition into abstraction. A uniquely expressive response to this dynamic city.
Approaching an opening to a crazily busy road in Old Delhi brimming with activity; countless people, bicycles, tuk tuks and animals jostling. Out of nowhere, a luminous motorbike speeds headlong into the fray. Expecting there to be a crash, the motorcyclist actually weaved his way without slowing down through the melee and disappeared from sight without disaster. A truly memorable passage of time captured in an incredibly rich visual environment.
Photographed in a spasmodic movement from the middle of London's Regent Street amidst the moving traffic, a shadowy unknown figure approaches at the point of exposure. An unusual blend of static, moving and repeated elements coming together to bring life and energy to an ordinary scene.
Juxtaposing the stillness of the traditional gallery setting, with the speed of its public passing through. This photograph obscures the usual detail on each figure with smudges and streaks generated from their own, and the camera’s, movements. Hauntingly, the iconic buliding itself engulfs its patrons by the intentional introduction of ambiguity into a process priding itself on super-sharp detail.
A strong calculated vertical motion pulls the dusk into the cityscape. Elongated lights contouring the foreground of the composition. Two buses approach the busy junction as the rest of London is eclipsed by the post twilight blue as night draws in.
Shot on a rainy evening in London, what is essentially a beautiful glitch, captures the romance of the scene. The vertical abstractions at the front of the image appear as though dragged through paint whilst preserving some of the layers underneath and the colours of the reflected lights in the rain.