Behind the Scenes – The Collector
Open view: Thursday 13th April, 7pm
The use of B&W images is both a conceptual and stylistic choice in conjunction with his extensive practice in fashion photography. It brings back to life such a vibrant and artistic time which is further developed in the film The Collector by Laura Hypponen, also shown in the exhibition and produced by Joaquim.
With the intention of retracing the spirit of such a rich and vibrant historical period, Joaquim intentionally uses an old photography practice enhanced by current technology, creating a grainy and yet distinctive old style-photography, emphasising the intensity between light, darkness and all the grey tonalities in between. The results are images showing a strong contrast aided by the limited amount of light, given the film’s style, and the technological limitations of the silver grains on a celluloid base.
The images main intention is to explore the process of image-making in this case, moving images. It is an investigation of the machinery behind the scenes of the film making process, not understood as a composition but as the context of figures, actions and tools. The machinery is here confronted with the camera, of both photographic and film imaging. While Photography focuses on capturing one frame per take, video allows to have twenty-four frames per second for as many seconds one wish per take. Between these two poles, Joaquim develops an infinite repetition of the process of image-making, which will be seen at the Gallery 1885.