For this collection of art prints in my style « shades of blacks and whites », I wanted to create a photographic series of timeless works inspiring calm, serenity, and a sense of strangeness. I wanted the photographs to be somewhat hypnotic, so that the viewer might contemplate each work and be lulled by the horizontal lines stretching from left to right and from right to left.
This collection is created with minimalist photographs featured in black and white. A central point throughout this series was an emphasis on the basic foundations of each photograph without a digression into color. I wanted to catch the spectator's eye by revealing the essentials, encouraging him to dwell on his own life and his own behavior.
All these artistic photographs were made from waves on the surface of the water. This provides an impression of an abstract work. However, these photographs seem realistic and natural.
For me, each horizontal line represents an independent universe. Each parallel line seems to exist without touching the others. Everything occurring in one universe does not alter the progress of others. They are each independent.
A universe can be a person, or it can exist in the astronomical sense. I was inspired by the people I encounter each day, even those who I spot on the street. Most are concentrated on the screen of their phone, or they are lost in thought. But whatever the reason, I do not merely exist for them. I find that human beings, even if they live side by side, interact very little. For most of them, only their personal universe is important. To these people, it is as if the world revolves around their needs and desires. They take pictures of things in their everyday life to cheaply display on social networks and websites, often thinking they are the most important entities in the world.
These waves that deform the surface of the water are only temporary. They begin to transform, change shape, and increase in speed. Then they simply disappear by dissipating on the shoreline. They cleanly represent the image of my lives or the life of my universe which is in perpetual expansion, and which fades so quickly.
Some waves are linear. These are flat, formatted lives. They represent discipline and rigor. Other waves are curved, reflecting lives that constantly shift in response to others’ influences.
The use of black and white minimalizes detail and focuses the viewer’s attentions on the central points featured in the photograph. This provides a contrast for the viewer to identify perceptions of illusions in his own personal life.
I created these art photos to show the past, present, and future of every human being. Under the waves, the water resembles my past on which I build my life. These waves themselves are my present reality that is consistently moving from one place to the next. Above the waves, my future is emerging and taking form. I choose it, or others choose it for me.
The framing provides physical boundaries that correspond to our societies. Even if I believe myself to be free, I am still confined by certain beliefs, myths, and rules of common life. My space of freedom is shared with the influences of other people I meet.
If I extrapolate the lines to our astronomical universe, the framework defines the limits of our expansion. In this way, I see that everything is limited. Nothing appears to be infinite.
The use of black and white allows the viewer to contemplate the possibility for parallel universes. It allows one to imagine how differences define the individual characteristics of a universe. Black and white simplifies the scene and presents it in a clean and minimal format. This reflects how I know my own beliefs; I have clearly defined how I live my life each day.
Each person must define his own universe. An essential condition for a successful life is to have no regrets by the end. This universe must always be open to others. We must leave an open door for others who share our values, and for those who we impart our knowledge.
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