I ordinarily don't like to title my projects, as I feel that often sets up the viewer to have a formulated perception of the image/s. It creates bias, if you will, preventing them from coming to their own self directed conclusion. But in this circumstance, I had a specific concept in mind and wanted to convey something definite.
My concept for this is actually more of a focus on the inherent reaction of the onlooker to the work rather than the work itself. My aim was to eliminate the central focus that people naturally seek when looking at a portrait, with this being the eyes.
I wanted to create something which interrupted people's natural expectations, addressing the issue of complacence and the human ability of missing details in day to day life due to the formation of a pre-conceived idea as a product of familiarity.
Through this elimination I had hoped to awaken the viewer's awareness and force them to inspect the image further rather than take it for face value. To break out of that familiarity, to question and inspire imagination. It is through this that I hope to "change my world" - to open the minds of others and spark intrigue within them.
(Apologies, the quality isn't of the greatest - the images in person look stunning and the colours are more correct)
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Artist's Gouaché on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, mounted on 10mm foam core. (All images photographed, edited, and painted by myself)
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This submission is for the "Billy Blue Change Your World" contest entry.
Mother Nature -noun Nature personified as a creative and controlling force affecting the world and humans.
A single tear runs down my cheek, as I stare blankly across the field. A wind blows through the trees and I close my eyes and let her kiss my face. She whispers to me softly as I inhale deeply drinking in Her cool, crisp spring air. Chilling my lungs and filling the empty space I've grown accustomed to.
She is my oldest friend, my greatest teacher, my comforter and my escape. I exhale slowly, the cold air now warm against my lips as she leaves my body. I am still here. I am still me. I feel lighter then I did before.
I sit in silence as she sings around me, her ebb and flow a rhythmic dance.
Breathe. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Sometimes the most effective way to "Change Your World" is simply to immerse yourself in it. It's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture in difficult times but if you take the time to simply be in nature, away from man-made interference, the change happens from within, breathing new new life into your soul.
In this series of self-portraits I was hoping to capture the rejuvenating change that being in nature has on my being. The photos were created almost entirely within my camera using multiple exposures - merging self portrait silhouettes with natural imagery, the two intertwining and changing into something new. I wanted to keep the photographs as raw as possible so it was important for me that the only changes I made in photoshop were the Circle frames and typography.
Beach pebbles are a beautiful thing, they’re smooth, fit nicely in your hand and have very pleasing shapes but sometimes I give nature a helping hand. Over the years I’ve painted hundreds of these pebbles and all have been given away as random gifts. I paint them with non toxic paint and a waterproof sealer so they can handle water and weather. On occasion I will paint one and take it back to where I found it, wish it a good life and walk away. This is my way of giving back to the beach from where I gathered my pebbles. Some I’m sure get washed away into the ocean and live their lives as a colourful addition to the beauty below the waves, some will get worn off by the turns and tumbles of the pebbles surrounding them and some will be found by passersby. Can you image the stories these people would tell once discovering the painted pebbles and try to imagine why they are there and where they came from. I’ve never found out the fate of any of my journey pebbles but that doesn't stop me from creating more. Ours is a world full of colour and mystery. It is my hope that a little improvement now and then, a little human intervention, might render it even more beautiful.
I first had the idea for this image while at a cafe - the two staff members had made a crown from a cardboard box and were using it as a prop to keep themselves entertained during their shift. It got me thinking about imagination and how it can grow from the smallest, simplest thing. I wanted to create an image that showed a plain space transforming into something more through the imagination. I shot this image against a blank wall in my house and then added the ocean and sky. While I was working on the image I was also reminded of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, which inspired me to add a paper boat to the ocean. I left the floorboards of the room at the bottom of the image to show the transition from the everyday to the imaginary world and then added some texture and colour to give the image a soft, dreamy feel.
A few months ago, I was delivered the sad news that our beloved garage door was... (pause for effect) ...dying. It was looking a little run down- peeling paint, chipped corners. What it needed was some TLC, some very, very unique TLC, which fortunately I happen to specialise in. And so my "Make the Garage Beautiful" project was born. The door got a fresh paint, the pattern was stenciled on and then I painted it. And guess what-the garage door is still alive and working! I guess you could say that in changing my world I also saved a life! Now passers by stop for a second when they pass by my house. It is a change from the usual project homes popping up all over Sydney- you couldn't find this one in a catalogue.
I love patterns and their simple lines can completely transform a surface when repeated. They are simple but complex at the same time and I find them mesmerizing to look at. I wanted to create a place where I could experience this every day. I love seeing the change process that is usually so gradual sped up into a few seconds to make it feel as though you can experience hours in a few seconds, which is why I made my artwork in GIF form.
This is my entry titled "Inspire Magic" for the Billy Blue Change Your World contest. It includes a photograph and image affects taken and created by me.
Reflective Statement This work titled Inspire Magic is a representation oh how I wish to change my world by inspiring magic through creativity. I wanted to create a work that included elements of nature (flowers/garden) with creative utensils (pencils) and combine those in a fun and light hearted way (also including Photoshop modification to enhance the desired affect).
The idea is that you can change your world in a creative way by taking what is around you, seeing that beauty and transforming it into a magical world of your own.
The work has both elements of darkness and colour. The base is dry, not green and luscious, it is sticks and bark and the pencils and flowers are emerging from that into rich and vibrant representations of imagination and hope. The background is also dark, with bark positioned to frame the elements together.
I want this work to be a reminder to myself and hopefully other people that you can inspire magic within yourself, even when sometimes things might seem impossible or hard.
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In another entry included for this competition I created an artwork that was quite dark and hoped to show how I wanted to change my world through being able to use art as a way to express instead of escape. I feel like I was able to do that through this, and hope I can continue to do that.