Art in a Mug
It all started with an interesting shape embedded on the inner side of my hot chocolate mug. I took a picture and treated it as a Rorschach test, seeing what there was to see. From there I began the manipulation to help emphasise the vague scenes that I'd found and the rest flowed from there.
Over time I found that my usual technique of finding images in hot chocolate no longer worked - I felt that I was starting to force the images. It was at this point that I opened up the project somewhat, removing some of the limitations I'd put in place.
Since then I've started to photograph patterns in other places such as in tea, fire and ice. It feels much more natural to continue in this way as it ties in more with my original premise.
The philosopher Alan Watts has had a great impact on the emphasis that I place on this project ever since I read a talk of his on death: "The shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have magic." This phrase perfectly captures the essence of the problem - how we can begin to lose sight of the beauty all around us as we are pulled from task to task in the madness that is responsibility. We lose our childlike awe.
I enjoy the deliberateness of photography. The frame of the scene, the choice of focus and the moment of capture all make up these wonderful collections of tiny dots. Time is such an important element when taking pictures, and I find it so interesting how, with that in mind, it all happens so instantly. This world is an incredible thing, with its boundless character and endless detail, and the images I've created are my attempt to emphasise this beauty.
GL!TCH is an accident - just like how the happening of a glitch is. There was no premise for the project, it just happened and was instantly complete. Below are the results and the accompanying story of how it came to be.
It was early hours and I'd gone to edit an image in Photoshop for another project, though as I opened the program the graphics seemed to break. Everything was running correctly but the display was some digitally mangled compilation of my most recent .psd files. I wasn't sure if my computer had failed or if it was just the file, but at this point all I wanted to do was to capture what was on my screen.
After taking a screenshot and knowing that I had at least one image saved, I began to resize it when suddenly it changed. I found that each time I initiated the resize tool it would create a completely different image, with random colours, blocks and incorporations of graphics from various files. I started to trigger new images, captured them and repeated this process for about an hour. After a while the graphics began to get more and more obscure, with increasing white space and less vivid shapes. It came to a natural stop by this effect and so I quit the program.
I find it so interesting that odd occurances such as this can happen out of nowhere. It's also incredible how by chance it follows suit with my overall love for making art by manipulation of naturally found imagery. The absence of editing makes them so much more wonderful to look at, and I think it's a visual style that couldn't be replicated without excessive time and patience.
I love creation. We have so much to express as humans and I think it's so important that we collectively endeavour to do all that we can to bring creativity into our lives. I write as an exploration of language, I take pictures as windows into moments and I make music as a poetic means to share my stories.
Designing interfaces, visuals and experiences for the web is what I believe to be the perfect way to convey all of our creative efforts into enriching, beautiful displays. I pore over the intricate details so that every project is purely and simply enjoyable. I am grateful to present the passions of people to the world.
This is the nonsense that isn't real, until it is, and then everything else is nonsense.
- Art in a Mug