Featured

Television

Filmed at Aberdeen beach, Scotland in February 2020.

Film as they say is the newest form of art.

You may not agree with that, but film is a massive influence on myself as an artist. It was film that offered the escape from boredom as a child- a way exploring new worlds without having to travel further than the living room.

What does this sequence make you think about?

I insist on shooting with high “f” numbers to emphasize depth of field. I believe that a lot of contemporary photographers (especially those who you would associate with social media) are lost to this. More attention seems to be given to the subject nowadays. i.e. the individual and we forget that the individual belongs to a wholly bigger picture.

The world is for all that exists in it; it doesn’t just exist for us.

Anyways, i’ll be posting more moving image/video sequences in the future. All feedback is welcome. Positive or negative.

Thanks

Denis Gallen

The Sacrifice

15 second exposures of ‘The Sacrifice’, a film by the great Russian auteur, Andrei Tarkovsky.

I had the idea as Tarkovsky was an advocate of using long takes in his film making, which permitted beautiful open compositions to remain in shot for long periods.

‘Slow Cinema’ made slower.

I quite like how the subtitles blend into a strange ensemble in some shots.

The film does emphasize mirrors and reflections quite a lot, so perhaps that aspect of the film infiltrated my subconscious, creating this as a result. You could say certain scenes and shot’s within have now become “mirrored” or “reflected” in each other- i especially like the few resulting shots that end up looking like double exposures.

Colourless green ideas sleep furiously

There’s something very soothing about water…. It doesn’t need to be the obvious tranquility one finds looking out at sea either; just listening to a rainy day can massage the senses in a serene and unexpected way. Rain sort of brings everything to a stop doesn’t it. We’re all in a bit of a rainstorm at the moment, but i’ll dry up eventually.

Sequence.1

I have always had the inclination to shoot sequentially like this. Perhaps in attempt to take the hole moment with me, rather than say to catch “the decisive moment”; as Cartier-Bresson put it.

I included this sequence in the piece, ” In Search of Space” , as a way of representing a departure from the built city environment.

To view the stills click here.

‘Sequences’ is a book by the artist and curator Paul St George, which explores contemporary art that uses sequences of images to explore ideas of space time, movement and duration.

The book includes a reflection on an Exhibition of Contemporary Chronophotography (‘Sequences’ 04/05) which St George himself curated. Worth a look.

A Cow Contortion

2019 Ireland

I’m fascinated by sequences formed using closely related images. These are two photographs taken just moments apart- but you can see the results of time by the movements in the frame which are a succession of very brief static experiences.