Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Collaboration as Art Form

Photography, much like painting and sculpture, has the potential for being a very private and isolated art form.  It's not that unusual to create a project, capture images, and edit one's work as an individual exercise without much influence from others.  Yet why can't photography offer opportunities to collaborate with other artists much like is done in film or video where the synergy of visual and literary artists form an alliance to provide a narrative for their work.  To that end I recently came upon an opportunity to do just that.  It provided an interesting spin on the collaboration approach whereupon the written word drove the imagery to tell the story.  Basically the project involved visually interpreting a random selection of script excerpts from a proposed film.  Given very brief script statements presented in incomplete sentences, the photographer was asked to interpret the script to convey the essence of the writer's intent.

I found this approach fascinating since one typically goes out to capture an image based on one's own personal story or essay.  The opportunity to interpret someone else's words and create images to convey the message was an alternative not previously encountered.  It was an interesting experiment that resulted in contemplating future collaborative projects with a mixed bag of art forms, both visual and literary.

Lisle!  Hush!  You're gonna wake the dead people.  (Aurora....tense).

Heaven's Gate, © Joanne Scherf

Suddenly I (Lisle) was in this place I'd never seen....everything was white....

Wonderland, © Joanne Scherf

Lisle moves closer, pushing branches aside as she goes.  And that's when she sees it; suddenly the creature transforms....

© Joanne Scherf

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Who Says? What if? Why Not?

Who says photography has to be stagnant?  Where is it written that photographic images have to be contained within the confines of matt board and glass with frame?  Why not capture creative images and edit them in such a robust sequence that they appear in motion.  And why not provide a background of music to further enhance the creative experience?  Why not indeed!

To that end I stumbled upon this incredible creative endeavor of the artist, Oren Lavie in my routine download of constant research relevant to my art form.  He not only conceived the project, but also is the on-screen talent, director, musician and singer.  The process is intriguing for me, as a "still" photographer I dream about the possibilities of creating something edgy with my art.   When I viewed Oren's work I knew the process of "stop motion video" was just what I had in mind but didn't know there was a defined genre.

Oren's work, titled "Her Morning Elegance" is a masterpiece example of a new pop phenomena.  It was composed of 2,096 still photographs.  The images were shot and sequenced to create a sense of movement.  The possibilities of "still photography" are endless.

© Orin Lavie, "Her Morning Elegance"