One of the
definitions of the word 'Multiplex' is a building containing two or more
cinemas, such that films can be viewed by different audiences at the same
time. In this project, various films
and features associated with films are interpreted using series of
photographs. Each series is described
1. What’s On.
The 'movie' poster is an essential communication tool to inform customers
what is showing in the cinema and to provide an enticing summary of the nature
and content of the film to be shown.
In a similar manner, posters, wall art, graffiti and building
decoration, i.e. words and/or images, encourage us to deliberate and generate
a mental picture of the environment and people around them.
2. Glorious Technicolor.
'Technicolor' is a colour motion picture process invented in 1916. It became known and celebrated for its
highly saturated colour. The
photographs in this series attempt to emulate this saturation. The initial photographs in the series isolate
individual colours, later photographs two colours, and so on, before
depicting multiple colours.
3. Vantage Point.
'Vantage Point' is a 2008 thriller which focuses on an assassination attempt
on the President of the USA as seen from the various vantage points of
different characters. The importance
of vantage points in capturing buildings and the built environment is
presented systematically: wide shot, down, straight-on, close-up, left,
right, through and upwards.
'Bladerunner' is a 1982 neo-noir science fiction film set in a dystopian Los
Angeles in November 2019. It is famous
for its production design depicting a 'retrofitted' future. This process of taking the buildings of
today and attempting to glimpse a future world is attempted through this
series of photographs of ultra-modern or iconic buildings.
5. The Big Country.
The 1958 epic, 'The Big Country', is a story of land disputes in the West of
the USA. As the name implies, this
area is defined by its vast landscape and land forms. Photographs of the Grand Canyon, the giant
Coastal Redwoods (the tallest trees in the world) and the man-made Hoover Dam
pay homage to this sense of scale and gigantic endeavour.All photographs
were taken with digital cameras and processed digitally.
6. The Jungle
This interpretation of the 1967 animated Walt Disney classic, 'The Jungle
Book', starts with pictures of plants and flora akin to the jungle setting of
the film. Highly animated photographs
of models of animals are added, starting with birds, then mammals, before
ending with the 'King of the Jungle', the lion.
7. Crimson Tide.
The artist Paul Cummins’ World War 1 memorial installation at The Tower of
London in 2014 comprised flooding the moat with 888,246 ceramic poppies. A 'Crimson Tide' (film, 1995) was created.
8. Hello Dolly.
The series 'Hello Dolly' (film, 1969) shows models of the human form created
in many ways from tailors’ dummies, retail models, dolls and wax-works to
formal sculptures produced in a variety of media.
9. The Hunger Games
The plot of the film ‘The Hunger Games’ (2012) at its most basic
interpretation involves people competing in games to win prizes, such as
food. This series of photographs attempts
to interpret this film and starts with those in need of basic life
sustenance, such as food and water, and their subsequent consumption.
Following from this are photographs of people at work, earning the means for
achieving this sustenance. The series
concludes with people at leisure, satiating higher spiritual needs. Many of the photographs are humorous in
nature, and suitably humorous titles are given to these where appropriate. As with other projects by the
photographer, the pictures of people are shown in black and white.
10. Twin Peaks
'Twin Peaks' was a television series which culminated in a film, 'Fire Walk
with Me', in 1992. Both are remembered
for their surreal, unsettling tone and supernatural features. They were filled with quirky
characters. This series follows suit.
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