A SHORT SERIES OF SIGNS IN REVERSE

I drove up to Mt Baw Baw recently. This place is solely for skiing in Winter, so in Autumn it was dead and all these signs were reversed.

As I developed these images I began to think that much of the power of photography lies in its ability to conceal. We tell stories with pictures, implying meaning by choosing what we show and, perhaps more importantly, what we exclude. In social media, for instance, we force our audiences to piece together controlled frames of our lives to form the myth of us, and, whether by intent or by nature of the medium, we will always hide something from our pictures. Through photography, we are exercising authority over our viewers by structuring, locking, and concealing objects and events; binding democratic and dynamic 3D forms to dictated, static 2D frames that deprive our audience of alternate viewpoints.

This is interesting to me because of my background in 3D graphics… And there’s more to say about all of that, but for now, here is a short series of signs in reverse (also on Cargo Collective):

BawBaw01

BawBaw02

BawBaw03

BawBaw05

BawBaw05

MUSIC TO GRADE TO

I always listen to music when developing photographs but I don’t necessarily choose the songs to fit the mood of the images. So it was by coincidence that Spotify played this Balmorhea track while I was working on this. The music made it much easier for me to bring out the human element in the photograph—the experience of being there—which the raw file lacked.

mt baw baw #01
mt baw baw #01 (click for larger view on flickr)

 

You can also hear the track via: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hciU7V6X4hk

 

URBANPHOTOMAG ARTICLE

I published this piece on Urbanphotomag – some thoughts on my next set of photographs. You can see the work in progress here:

http://urbanphotomag.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/phillip-wilkinson/

south melbourne #09
south melbourne #09