William Turner has always been an inspiration throughout my art and design pathway. Although I am more of a photographer, Turners method of painting luminous skies and showing light and dark has influenced the way I photograph architecture, as well as nature.
His painting are very dramatic and the atmosphere is emphasised a lot. In his earlier work, he paid more attention to the architecture and natural scenes until the his later years where the ground elements were overshadowed by the sky. He paid less attention to details and focused on light created by natural sources like the sun or moon. The variety of colours are beautifully mixed together, allowing there to be a easy flow.
What I appreciate about his work is he did not paint landscapes in an ordinary way. He gave his own impression of what he could view. Others would simply focus on trying to capture exactly what the scenery looks like in that moment. He took the atmosphere and showed the power of nature in contrast to the era he was living in, the Industrial Revolution.
Turner’s Industrial Revolution painting gave us an insight of the beginning of technology. And although this was a time to celebrate new inventions, natural always triumphed as shown in paintings.
Today I had the experience of visiting London Zoo for an upcoming project. We had to explore the tourist attraction in our own ways. This could be focusing on just the animals, the visitors, the enclosure, the architecture etc.
I found the enclosure interesting to look at as well as photograph because that are all different yet have similarities. The natural elements that are placed in all the animals homes are made from wood or plants are involve colours and tones that are the same.
The enclosures especially that hold small animals such as reptiles or insects, are like looking at paintings on a gallery wall, which is what I felt a zoo is. Each home is like a different art work. Also with live performers.
There is also something very picture perfect. Everything is placed so well and precisely and according to plan.
Visitors visit the zoo to look at animals. They proceed from cage to cage, not unlike visitors in an art gallery who stop in front of one painting, an then move on to the next or the one after next. Yet in the zoo the view is always wrong. Like an image out of focus. (Berger, 1980)
Michael Reynaud is a freelance designer and stop motion animator who use videos to create Gifs which he himself calls them as ‘hypnotic very short films’. His technique involves time lapse and different forms of masking.
I have never seen any artist do this before and they are very powerful to look. I became hypnotised by them because how smoothly the Gifs move. And the fact they are taken from videos is so creative and this is perhaps what makes them different from other artist who make Gifs.
This sunset animation is one that grabbed my attention. The reason being is that Reynaud has done the unexpected of having several sun’s going down soon after each other. It is as though it will never end as well as being very pleasant to look at. The quality also helps the Gifs to be memorising.