Vertex: Latin word from which our English word “vertical” stems from.
I have never really been a fan of the vertical format when it came to photography. Up until recently, probably 90% of my work has been horizontal. Whenever I put the camera to my eye, I always automatically, without thinking have the camera horizontal.
For a long time, vertical format just didn’t seem right and it wasn’t until recently that I decided to start a project that would include something I love with something I loath. I would shoot the project in vertical format, something I loathed , and the content of the project would be the thing I loved and that is abstraction.
For this project I didn’t want to go full blown abstraction, but more teetering on the edge of reality. As I began to shoot for the project it was quite difficult to train my hand to bring the camera to my eye vertically and also a little strange trying to find nice composition and framing, but like with anything repetitive your body becomes used to it. After a while, shooting vertical format was a refreshing change and I slowly began to really enjoy the process and the look.
I have been shooting this project with my old faithful Nikon F100 because I wanted to utilize its extremely fast shutter capabilities. The film I used was one of my all time favorites… Kentmere 100. This film is so underrated. I love to shoot at f2, so using Kentmere 100 and 1/8000s shutter speed, I can shoot wide open in the sunshine.
I cannot remember the first image that started the project off but I do remember the pair of images that gave me the idea to present them in pairs. I made a macro image of some old paint dripping down. It was very high contrast but the shapes and forms were very rounded.
I had also made an image of a white building. The shape and form of the building looked very similar to the paint but a lot squarer. Just by accident, the two prints were laying next to each other on the floor and that’s when it clicked.
From then on, when I was shooting for this project I was always looking for subjects that would play well together.
The project began to take on a life of its own. And as I got further into it, relationships began to form between images. I learned that a single image on its own was not as powerful as when two images side by side played together.
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I found it interesting how the human mind seemed to fill in the blank space between the two creating a whole new dimension. I spent a long time pairing different images together trying to find the right combination. Some images didn’t want to play but others connected in ways that I would have never imagined.
One of the things I love about this project is that it’s ongoing. I have no time limit. I can continuously keep adding to it as the years pass by. Maybe sometime in the future it may morph into something else. Maybe new images I make in the future will form relationships with old images from the past. It’s always evolving and that is exciting to me.
I have always wanted to collaborate with other artists so it would be nice to try a collaboration on this project in the future. Presenting pairs of images that work well together taken by different photographers. Maybe EMULSIVE could be a host for a communal project? [EM: Sure, I’m totally game!]
Thank you all for taking the time to look. I hope this project has inspired you to start a project of your own. Please feel free to ask me anything .
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