Illusions

With Illusions I’ve just been thinking about photographs as objects rather than as tools to record or remember.

Here I’ve taken a picture of the sky and printed it. I was going to fold it into a paper airplane, but that’s actually more complicated than it seems. The image of the clouds is only on one side of the paper, the other side is blank white. When I fold an airplane shape I end up with sky image and plain white images mixed together and I really want the entire paper airplane to be made up of cloud image. Until I figure the two sided thing out, I’ve simply placed the original photograph on the table and let the natural roll of the paper take over.

The cool thing for me here is that the photograph changes from an image into a shape or a sculpture. I’m fascinated by this. I’m also fascinated by what is in essence a three dimensional thing posing as a two dimensional image. The photographs below could simply be ¬†two-dimensional shape, rather than a three dimensional curved piece of paper.

After uploading this today I continued to think about it and came up with the following complicated scenario that I’d like to try involving projection as an extension of the illusion.

For Projection I would shoot a photograph of something. It could be the sky image again. Whatever it is I’ll print it, then take photographs of the photographs on a black background.

Separately I plan to fold architectural shapes out of paper. These will be simple and relatively complex shapes but each will have a it’s perimeter delineated by a simple shape. My first thought is that these shapes would be varying quadrilaterals. Maybe other shapes are possible but that will take quite a bit of experimentation.

I then have to obtain a projector I can use to experiment and for the exhibition.

I’ll take the new digital files that are images of the physical photographs and from the computer I’ll project them onto the architectural paper forms. The light from the projector will be adjustable to just cover the architectural paper shape. I’ll be projecting images on to the blank “screen” of the paper shapes. Ultimately I see these small paper sculptural screens being put under glass on a plinth and the projector mounted in the ceiling. I could even further work the piece so that the position of the projector allows the path of the image from the projector to be disturbed by the viewers point of reference.

I think these projected objects can become film, sculpture, photography and illusion.

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