Monday, August 10, 2015

Bordeaux



An early attempt at what was much more successful in "Wall of Light", this started out life as a photograph of one of the cloisters in the town square in Bordeaux, during a family holiday in 2002.

I wanted to capture the endless repetitions of the vaulted ceiling, and the way they generated their own vanishing point; an inevitable and inexorable vanishing point that seems so obvious to the modern eye, we find it hard to fathom that it took the artists so long to discover it, and then to develop it as perspective painting.

Even more I wanted to capture the light at the end of the tunnel, the literal as well as the metaphorical. And still more, because this was 2002 and computers were still a novelty, digital art even more so, I wanted to explore what could be done with a photograph in order to transform it into a painting or a drawing.

Looking back, I should have varied the shades of white at the egress to create something more misty and obscure, whereas this was achieved with a single shade, and therefore appears solid, almost a door of light.



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