Negative Space

Shock of the Now; View from the wake room; contact sheet frame
The Shock of the Now iv
Pareidolia; the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.

I’ve always loved working with negative space, the area of absence naturally overlooked, the parts that can get cut out.

Looking through the wake contact sheets he suddenly appeared in full life and gait towards me with a familiar tilt of his head, pleased to see me.  Although he stands smaller, his scale skewed like a noon time shadow will do. I pursued and searched for him nonetheless, comfort, not from a truth this time but finding relief in a disbelief. I printed the image, and still saw him, I traced the shape to isolate it, I enlarged the scans on Photoshop, deriving a satisfying short lived comfort in the chase, choosing , then not choosing to see him, enjoying that I couldn’t unsee it; I cleaved to the words of William Kentridge; “It is not a mistake to see a shadow in the clouds”.

Tracing the negative space from contact sheet; 3rd attempt
Tracing the negative space from contact sheet; 4th attempt
Tracing the negative space from contact sheet; 5th attempt

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