Saturday, 28 July 2012

Inspire: Maisie Broadhead's Historical Photograph

This is Colossal recently featured a time-lapse video made my Maisie Broadhead. Now, I don't normally watch videos, they struggle to hold my attention. But I was intrigued, and I have to say it was one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen. Why did I not think of this concept?!

First, click here to watch the video, then I'll talk about it...

As part of an exhibition, Maisie Broadhead and Jack Cole directed a video to be hung next to this 1844 photographic print by Hill and Adamson that it references:

The video is a time lapse of a studio being set up to recreate the photograph... But not using Photoshop for after affects, but literally creating a sepia toned photograph before your eyes!

It is truly amazing, and I think it helps to open one's eyes to the possibilities around us. I especially love the fabric used behind the glass to age the "photograph", as well as the building up of the background, makeup, clothes etc! There is also such a contrast between the "modern day" people/cloting/environment and what they are creating.

It reminds me of the idea of taking one's grandparent's holiday photos, and travelling around in their footsteps recreating scenes. The possibilities are endless!

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