The journey I have gone on with Louis is not only what we would both see as apprenticeship, in which the student learns from the mentor, the techniques and processes involved in that specific field of expertise (painting/Soulscaping). Louis also expresses the things he has learnt from me and about photography; the analogue and chemical process specifically, topics we both express interest in and how my influence has shaped his art as a result. To me this truly is what community is about, using the most relevant mediums and language to communicate to local artists and to take what I know into the heart of Cheltenham's community and to spread my knowledge of my art and to learn something from someone who is willing to share their journey and ideas. For me documentary photography has allowed me to interact and have a deep insight into what drives this artist; and to my surprise Louis is inspired by the flow, patterns and processes of nature. I couldn't thank Louis enough for what he has taught me about being an artist in the contemporary world. I have learnt how to operate a whole idea through painting itself (which is totally hyperthetical) and using the web of the internet to connect people. The totality of Louis's art is absolutely beautiful and is expressing itself and enlightening the people they were created for in their homes, in schools, businesses and on my wall.
Doing this project I have consequently explored myself and my own perspective through my own photographs and through what Louis has to say about our interactions, simple through the sheer nature of what Louis does, he is a psychoanalytical painter who abstractifys your thought process into painting and allows for you to see parts of yourself to confront and to conquer; to overcome boundries at important points in your life. Aiming at people who are expected to not have much of a grasp on how deep it goes, Louis really is impacting peoples lives very positively.
We have discussed creating a book with my documentary work and his paintings and writings on theorem. Simple to combine out ideas and to make a statement not only in my personal achievement but in the world of photography and art itself.
What I'm going to do to improve...
I have realised a few things doing this project, from the quality of my negatives and their relation to how a print will be created. I have learnt to take more photographs in the moment to capture many images of those moments to show the interaction and just to visualise the work whilst shooting it. I have basically learnt how to edit in my head thinking of not only the composition, exposure, depth and where the light will fall etc, but how the contact sheets will look and to just visualise my work more coherently. I have learnt that I need to focus more of my time on printing, it is the last process of the creation of analogue photographs and is the most rewarding and I don't spend enough time to say I really make the most of it and totally understand it; which one day I want to have a very good grasp and portfolio of prints. I have learnt what it means to connect to the transcendental, or your 'gut' feeling or call it 'god' whatever...