Exhibited at The National Pushkin Museum, St Petersburg, Russia.
A study of life and death, this piece documents the cycle of the oriental Dynamite Lillie. A formally lit still life composition, 24 000 frames were recorded over six weeks. The bulbs open and move responding to the ambient light, the temperature of the studio and to one another's presence.
They bloom, sexually interact, die and decay. The full six minute version can be seen here.
Paper chromatography is the process used to animate the typography. Black ink dissolves in water which carries it through the paper via capillary action. Distinguishable by their variety of colour, the separate compounds within the ink separate and travel through the cellulose base at differing rates.
Animated photography / awarded Best In Category AOP Awards.
An experiment in form, context and visual metaphor. A reiterative process has led to this series of still and moving images, as the work evolves it's meaning and the contextual approach evolve, revolve and dissolve.
Custom code / 360 º motion capture / animated photography.
Inspired by the organic beauty of the Phalaenopsis Blossom (orchid) and the design philosophy of Scandinavian collective Muuto.
Jakob Wagner's Flow Milk Jug and the blossoms are photographed in a 360º range of rotation, creating a three dimensionally mapped image sequence. The data is encoded and re-sampled. In effect, the object can be unwrapped and spread across a two dimensional horizontal plane. Time is spatially compressed from it's multi-dimensional and temporal nature.
muutos : noun - change, modification, new perspective.
Code / animated photography / client Wired UK / commissioned by Wired.
A symbiotic relationship exists between sound and image.
The moving image is created by sampling pixels of the still life photographs of audio output components, then re-organising their spatial co-ordinates in a virtual three dimensional workspace. Electronic sound is generated by sampling the colour, tonal and spatial data values of the images. Those values are used to create a histogram which synthesises the spectrum of an audio signal waveform which in turn reorientates the x, y and z co-ordinates of the extracted pixels. New frames are created from each original frame and are then linearly sequenced.
Analogue lensless large format plate photography / large scale silver gelatine prints / 6 in a series of 24.
To remove the lens is to see without eyes.
Lenses create distorted representations of three dimensional scenes by rendering them onto two dimensional surfaces. The vanishing point provides us with a point of reference, useful for spatial perception and for understanding our relationship with the environment. It doesn't exist other than to be an approximate representation of what we think we see.
In the face of nature's overwhelming dominance, living can be a process of ritualistically basic activity.
At great altitudes and in some of the most isolated regions of the Argentine and Chilean Andes - often only accessible by air, horse or all terrain vehicles - people tell stories of great tribulation. Their meagre possessions are those of need, utilitarian and transportable. The extremes in temperatures, blisteringly cold winds and the continuous lightning storms that blast at the earth's surface have shaped their lives. One might wonder at how and why these locations were chosen for founding their communities.
Large format analogue photography / C-type and silver gelatine prints / 6 in a series of 35.
A pilgrimage to my country of birth.
These photographs are from the journal that I kept on a trip that took me across Mexico and Guatemala. Memories of my early childhood in Mexico are some of the most vivid. Recurring dreams and the mental images inspired by my father's stories of that time have left their impression on my psyche and imagination. These characters are both mythical and real, they are the protagonists of my curiosity and the reason for returning to Mexico.
35mm analogue photography / silver gelatine prints / 6 in a series of 325.
Treasure in the heart of Buenos Aires.
Argentina a land of seemingly infinite wealth and possibilities, the land of milk and honey. 'As rich as an Argentine' a common turn of phrase throughout the 20th century. During the 1940s food commodity exports totalled more than any other nation in the world, including the United states.
These abandoned salons have transcended the decades since 1914. Evita Peron, Argentina's icon to the poor and working classes, would spend small fortunes here indulging herself, preening on the marble stair cases and dancing upon the mahogany parquetry floors. Now, much like herself, the intricate detailing lies buried beneath the stories and the dust.
35mm analogue photography / giclee prints / 6 in a series of 16.
The sculptural nature of these landforms is heightened by the ambiguous scale within their environmental context, only evidenced by the subtle juxtaposition of nondescript vegetation. This work is a reflection of the romantic notions of the pictorial movement in photography. It makes reference to the F64 club and the work of Ansel Adams, the sublime nature of landscape painting and photo-realist charcoal drawings made from photographic images.
Large format analogue photography / silver gelatine prints / 5 in a series of 18.
Glaciar Upsala / Austral Andes, Argentine Patagonia / silver gelatin print 100 × 127 cm. The brittle top layer or ‘fracture zone’ of the glacier moves as a single piece over the lower more plastic flow deforming it under pressure. The terminal moraine, at the base of the glacier, is formed by the deposition of glacial material and left exposed as the glacier retreats.
Stromatolite / Chilean Patagonia / silver gelatin print 150 × 124 cm. Formed by the sedimentary layering of microorganisms. Early microbial stromatolites date to 2.724 billion years ago and recently discovered stromatolites extend as far back as 3.450 billion years.
Tres Cruces diptych / silver gelatin prints 160 × 404 cm. Landforms situated in the Quebrada de Humahuaca 'cracked mountain range' of the Andes in northern Argentina.
Los Castillos / triptych / silver gelatine prints 65x 251cm. Created as a result of the tectonic shifts of the oceanic crust of the South American Plate which drove it upwards and out of the ground. As precipitation is sporadic with severe temperature oscillations, the cracking at the rock surfaces of this site is compounded. The valley’s history is culturally rich with 10 000 years of inhabitants, being a caravan route to the Inca empire in the 15th Century, the passage from Peru to Argentina and Chile for the Spanish imperialists and the setting for many battles of the Spanish War of Independence. The Rio Grande roars by it’s base in the winter and the riverbed, dry in summer, facilitates the whiplashing winds with sandy ammunition to carve fissures into it’s faces.
La Sophia / triptych / silver gelatin prints 90 × 285cm. Torres del Paine, Chilean Patagonia. Exposed granite contrasts with the remnants of the landform’s eroded sedimentary stratum.
Studio based commissions of technology, gadgets and home entertainment products for a variety of advertising, editorial and catalogue clients.
Surface, material & light.
Studio based commissions for food and lifestyle magazines, advertising for consumer brands, chefs and supermarkets.
Texture, colour & composition.
Adidas Germany / Content for Interactive wall installation for flagship retail store in Berlin.
This collaborative piece draws upon the life and work of Edweard Muybridge's human motion studies and stop frame animations.
Each frame is of UHD resolution suitable for multi-platform usage from large format print and digital OOH to online and mobile.
Studio based advertising commissions for retail brands and supermarkets and editorial commissions for fashion, food and lifestyle magazines.
Conceptual form & organic abstraction.
Client Blossom Hill / agency Isobel
Exploding glitter bombs, water cascades, high powered wind tunnels and underwater sets to contend with. A tonne of fun!
UHD Digital OOH / in-store installations / online / print / digital facades / client UNIQLO.
A challenging multi-platform project, with the team spread across the globe in London, Paris, New York, Barcelona and Tokyo. My delivery involved creating the visuals and a design management solution to the complex workflow, from pre-production and production, through to post-production.
The LED installations went up in the flagship store on 5th Avenue, and the SoHo, West 34th St, Paris and London stores.
In NYC at the time, I popped by to document the installation process.
Studio based commissions. Directional advertising for premium, luxury and consumer brands, distributors and magazines.
Form, desire & simplicity.
A global movement to stop the largest companies in the world from destroying the Arctic for profit.
I created a short piece, briefed with the keyword of 'hope' to map to the facade of Friends House, the office of Quakers in Britain. Other contributing animators were Jordan Foster, Chris Stoneman, Matt King, Tom Wall, Bruno Costarelli, Sipos Mihály, Daero Ra, Clive Shaw, Daniel Wiedemann, Alexander Andrew Boyce, Sunghwoa Gong.
2014 News flash, from Nic and all the Arctic defenders at Greenpeace UK...
"Prepare yourself for some BIG news".
"Shell’s new boss, Ben van Beurden, has scrapped Shell’s 2014 Arctic drilling plans".
"This is a major result for everyone who has fought for the Arctic and presents a huge opportunity to protect the Arctic for good".
"Right now, Van Beurden is deciding Shell’s strategy for the future, and he’s under a lot of pressure to make some big changes".
"Just two weeks ago, in the face of falling profits, Shell had to release its first profit warning in ten years. And thanks to a broad range of environmental groups, a US court ruled that Shell couldn’t drill in Alaska this year".
"Investors are really nervous, and vast amounts of money have been wasted on fines, leases and equipment. Shell’s $5 billion Arctic experiment has been a failure".
"Ten years ago, when Shell first decided to gamble on oil in the melting Arctic Ocean it might have looked like a good investment. Fast forward to 2014 and Shell have nothing to show except financial loss and reputational disaster. The world has changed and big oil is not the future".
"It’s time to move on. Let’s make it happen".
These projects demonstrate an approach to creating stills + motion image solutions that have a cohesive aesthetic.
Imagine the possibilities of each frame of the moving image having the potential to be used in print.
The inherent colour rendition, sharpness and resolution of high end digital photographs is unsurpassed. Video, even at 4K, cannot match the aesthetic perfection.
Ultra High Definition moving imagery made here with digital photographs can be displayed at the highest resolutions on the best screens available without visible loss.
The production value is very high and the process extremely efficient and cost effective. The value added result is beautiful photography + moving images made in one workflow, from the same assets, with the same technology.
Gucci Guilty / animated photography & CGI / Procter & Gamble / online promo for fragrance launch.
Black / animated photography / National Magazines / digital promo.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey / animated photography & CGI / Kessels Kramer / TVC and cinema spot.
Bleu / animated photography & CGI / a treatment for online + UHD display.
Studio based commissions for fashion magazines and directional advertising for designer and luxury brands.
Concept, style & identity.
Convergence of media, as a social and cultural practice and through consumer demand, has had an astounding impact upon the processes and business models within the creative industries.
These R+D projects are my exploration of that space.
VR testing sessions
Video documentation of the experimental interactive Eyecanfly project user-testing sessions / a concept & prototype.
Eyecanfly is research into the relationship between immersive visual arts and interactivity.
Inspired by the paintings of Mark Rothko and the phenomena of phantom stereopsis, the development and testing of a prototype for an immersive virtual flight experience using stereoscopic 3D photography, micro drones, virtual reality gaming technologies and the Oculus Rift head mounted display was used to test my hypothesis.
Hardware and software facilitated interactivity, contrary to much related theoretical debate, is not necessarily key to the sense of deep immersion in virtual experiences. The degree of interactivity that it depends upon falls more in the realms of the cognitive processes of perceptual psychology than the technological processes.
The work was experienced by a broad range of randomly selected users from the public domain and also by other EVA delegates from the international academic community and led to further invitations by Dr James Hemsley, the founder of EVA Conferences and also by Professor Vito Cappellini from the Media Integration and Communication Centre at the University of Florence, to present a paper on 2D and 3D image acquisition at EVA Florence 2014.
A BIG thanks to all who took part in my user-testing sessions.
A lot of fun and games !
British National Maritime Museum Installation
This collaboration with the NMM, to test the viability of large scale and multi dimensional immersive projections within the entrance pavilion to the NMMs' major Summer Exhibition in 2014 of an atmospheric seascape depicting significant ocean swells, provided a great opportunity for me to further develop my immersive media interests.
Upon examining the proposed design and floor plans for the exhibition, I created, tested and adapted a set of prototype simulations to determine the parameters for a comfortable user-experience for the final piece. This provided very useful data for the museums’s design studio for briefing and commissioning the detailed and costly CGI artwork.
The most significant variables in the simulations are camera elevation, field of view, wind speed, wind direction, swell size and the camera’s orientation relative to the horizon. The moving horizon is a key factor in causing sea sickness. User-testing inside of an Oculus Rift HMD, for when it was not possible to test large scale projections within the installations’ actual environment, was again a very useful testing tool.
Custom code / 360 º motion capture / animated photography / CPB Group.
This treatment, using a time slice technique was used to illustrate the magical Milka chocolate spirals for integration into the Milka 'Nudge' campaign. This approach was taken to satisfy the clients' imperative of photographing real chocolate rather than generating it with CGI artwork.
Highspeed macro imagery / hydrogen 2 + oxygen 1 / personal work.
Water is created through the formation of stars and has been in existence for as long as the Universe. In it’s liquid, gaseous or solid forms it is vital to every life form on Earth. Spiritually and philosophically it is considered a purifier. Physically, for the most part, it is what we are.
With just a little twist of my arm I can be convinced to shoot editorial commissions that combine three of my passions - food, travel and photography.
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
The first colonial capital, known as Brazil's 'city of happiness'. European, African and American Indian cultures converge here at the spiritual home of Samba, Capoeira, Cachaca and Carnival - the largest party in the world.
Erg Chebbi, Sahara.
In the Saharan interior of of North Africa the Tuareg, a Berber people, are the principal inhabitants. With a traditionally nomadic pastoralist lifestyle they lead an extremely minimalist existence where everything has a use. Their camel's feces is so dry that it is used to fuel the stove.
On Andalusia's Costa del Sol Malaga stands as one of the oldest cities in the world, with a history spanning 2800 years. Breakfast at Antigua Casa de Guardia, the oldest bar in town and frequented by Picasso, consists of a couple of glasses of Moscatel sweet fortified wine and tapas of freshly caught oysters, prawns and squid. All for a handful of change.
A Community Project
These children are the face of Harlesden in North West London, the most ethnically diverse community in the world. I was asked to make their portraits to raise funds for the school. With more than a hundred images in this series, created in just 20 minutes, I am fascinated by the individually unique qualities of each child's face.
They are wearing the Easter bonnets that they made in class and demonstrated at one of their school's assemblies, which are as diverse as the community itself, celebrating and honouring Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Christian and Pagan festivals alike.