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thinking about the city

February 28th, 2012 Permalink

I was in Cape Town a few weeks ago, shooting some touristy pictures of nice views in lovely weather.  When I got home and looked through what I had shot, I found a picture that I had taken from waist level while I walked quickly through a group of people I didn’t really see.  Looking […]

Kloof Street scene

kloof street scene watercolor

kloof street scene drawing

I was in Cape Town a few weeks ago, shooting some touristy pictures of nice views in lovely weather.  When I got home and looked through what I had shot, I found a picture that I had taken from waist level while I walked quickly through a group of people I didn’t really see.  Looking at the image afterward gave me idea to examine in detail, with drawing or painting, pictures that I can’t really see in the making, an invisible city made visible.  Although I think the visible city might be empty: a world of human forms that are inaccessible to emotional connection.  I started making some photography/drawing pairings trying to express this idea.  My first thought about how to do this was to show only the people in a pictures as rendered sculptural forms in an empty, stylized landscape.  There might also be something in rendering photographic motion as smeared paint or pencil to give the sense of separation between what the viewer sees and the object seen, like this painting by Tamsin Relly which I admire. Or maybe this is just a way to get shooting again.