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.
An experiment in form, context and visual metaphor. An iterative 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.
Exhibited in London 2011, Brisbane & Philadelphia 2015
Awards Best In Category, Commissioned Design Series, The Photographers Awards 2011
In collaboration with Guerrilla, and some fabulously talented performing artists I creatively directed, produced, photographed and post-produced this identity collateral for the Bleach* Festival 2017.
Australian Marketing Institute – Awards for Marketing Excellence / Not for Profit Marketing Award. See the backstory here .
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.
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.
Void is a projected image installation and a visual model that was created to study the relationships between the photographic image and computational thinking. This line of thought, used to decompose problems by identifying variables to form generalisations or abstractions, is based on the fatalistic assumption that the more information that we have about the world the more control we may have over it.
The work was included in the exhibition Strategies for the Future at the C3 Contemporary Art Space at the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
Sunpath data visualisation: Andrew Marsh
Spoken word: Fiona Jeanne Grisard
In collaboration with Guerrilla, I creatively directed, produced, photographed and post-produced these identity portraits for the Bleach* Festival 2018 Program and media collateral. See the backstory here.
Some of these works are currently being re-development as large scale acrylic light panel installations. The fabrication involves the assembly of laser cut components that have been designed from the photographic pixel data rendered as 3D extrusions.
With the great folks at Guerrilla, I made this identity collateral for the Bleach* Festival 2016, the annual multi-arts festival of the Gold Coast which aims to connect art with the community through the expression of music, theatre, dance, visual arts and outdoor events.
A wonderful gift to the City of The Gold Coast !
UHD Digital OOH / in-store installations / online / print / digital facades / client UNIQLO.
D&AD 2014 Award / In-Book Branding, Brand Experience & Environments
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.
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 for food and lifestyle magazines, advertising for consumer brands, chefs and supermarkets.
Texture, colour & composition.
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.
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.
In collaboration with Guerrilla, I creatively directed this piece for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation’s (GOLDOC) One Year to Go Community Celebration on the The Gold Coast.
Conceived of on a napkin, over a breakfast meeting on the beach at Burleigh, we had a lead and delivery time of only 2 weeks. In true 8-bit style, the directors cut includes sharks, alligators and alien invaders.
GOLDOC describes the work as “a gravity defying light projection show that will light up the night with a taste of the sports on offer at GC2018”.
Concept & Creative Direction: Peter Thiedeke
Animation and design: Todd Clausen @ Guerrilla Digital
Performers: Joshua Thomson and Leeanne Litton of Legs on the Wall
Client: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation GOLDOC
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".
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.
Studio based advertising commissions for retail brands and supermarkets and editorial commissions for fashion, food and lifestyle magazines.
Conceptual form & organic abstraction.
Studio based commissions. Directional advertising for premium, luxury and consumer brands, distributors and magazines.
Form, desire & simplicity.
Studio based commissions for fashion magazines and directional advertising for designer and luxury brands.
Concept, style & identity.
Highspeed macro imagery / hydrogen 2 + oxygen 1 / a concept for an interactive data visualisation
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.
Eyecanfly is the research and prototype for an immersive virtual flight experience using stereoscopic 3D photography, micro drones and virtual reality. I presented the work at EVA 2013 (the Electronic Visual Arts conference) at The British Computer Society.
A BIG thanks to Captain 3D and all of those who bravely took part in the user-testing sessions.
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.
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.