Artist's statement of no more than 400 words. Include a description
of the ideas and intent of your work.
All This Useless Beauty is a tribute
to the passing of time, small sounds and the less assertive subtleties
which are hard to remember to notice during a loud and abrasive
day. Created in my last year of university, this image was a study.
I was curious if I could apply the same techniques used in my musical
composition studies to create a piece of visual art. We were just
learning Wabern’s serial and total control techniques, which
made use of cold science, math, and logic to create music. And,
for contrast, our music history books then reverently presented
us with John Cage, the truest believer in “anything is art”.
This enormous image presents my best efforts to create a work which
conforms to both ideals. Ratios and procedures where set up regarding
how and when the images would be taken, and I left the chance elements
of the composition up to the weather conditions of lower New England.
The photograph’s length, was
created to articulate the feeling of the long and lonely walk across
campus from the dormitories to the music conservatory. Growing admission
throughout my course of study in the university created steep competition
for the small number of practice rooms. This was a trip diligently
made, early, each morning till the day of graduation.
The picture serves as a 360 degree panoramic, doubling back across
the campus through an altered rout sometimes taken, only to end
where it began, illustrating the days, months, and ultimately, the
four years this routine repeated itself. Over 1,500 individual photographs
were digitally hand sewn together to create the final piece.
Publishable technical statement of 400 words or less. This statement
should explain how digital or electronic technology was involved
in the piece.
All This Useless Beauty is a composite
image made from many smaller digital photographs merged into a larger
panoramic. The digital photographs were taken with an Olympus D-460
ZOOM, 1.3 Megapixel camera. Adobe Photoshop 7.0 was used to sew
the images together. Once the desired walking path for the photo
was established, a production schedule was created. It incorporated
a time span of over one year, so every season, and time of day could
be represented in the completed image. Nine photo shoots where needed
to complete the task, with months built in between to process the
photos, and account for the possible need to reshoot any sequence.
Over 1,500 photographs, and a the full year production time were
used in the creation of this image. The final dimensions of the
photograph are in ratio 1-high, by 204-long. If lined up, the farthest
right, and left side seamlessly join, making All This Useless Beauty
a large “360” degree panoramic.