statement from one of my catalogs is reflected in the production
of this video. The video itself began as a film made at University
in 1983. A series of images, captured on Super 8 film while strapped
to the back or a racing motorcycle. This black and white film
was then had colored with magic markers; thus leading to the very
uneven textured markings. The original film was 10 minutes long
and therefore had 3 million frames to color. Six months later
I had the hand colored film transfered to color film. firstly
to enhance the colors and secondly to make them permanent.
The final film footage was then transfered to video where more
color evolution could take place.
There it sat in the video container for almost 18 years.
I found the film it still had so much to do with my current photographic
works. (all my photographs are black and white negatives colored
by another process). In actuality the film was the root for the
way I still work with my photography.
with new digital technologies that I had no access to in 1983
I transfered the tape to digital format. Now I was able to once
again enhance color and texture to the film. My only problem was
the street image was no longer a theme in my work. So it ws significant
to make a link to my current studio challenges. The most obvious
was the rhythm. All my photographs have a rhythm created by the
repetitionof single and double exposures. Many of my other projects
were trying to link (as a theme) old works and new works (art
creates art) or perhaps let my works weave a common cloth between
digital and analog pieces. So the repetition or rhythm created
by the stripes in the highway was too little to go with. I needed
another link to current projects (water - four elements). Below
is a photograph of the turbulent waters of the Seine. This photo
passed as the missing link.
So back to the video editting and the various plug-ins they use
for special effects. I had full intention with the beginning of
the video to fit it with a dance music. However the music came
afterwards I was thinking about dancing as I created and manipulated
the swirl effect in the video.