Whilst working on this documentary narrative I was painting abstraction at the time, using it as another form of expression of my mind and abstraction of the world.
I was focused on this documentary narrative for a few months and along side created photographs I would listen to what Louis says about painting and abstraction specifically. It took my interest completely, I stared reading into the works of classic and great artists, philosophers and lectures; picking up books from the library and from shops looking into idealisation and abstraction in its entirety. I one day stared to paint at night when my thoughts were fluid and I could visualise colour and form in my head, with no distractions of the outside world I could focus on the ideas and express them naturally using the movement of my hands and paint. I stared to use acrylic at first as it dries very fast and I could layer up colour in a matter of minutes. After painting expressionist abstraction for a few months I picked up oils and started to see tones of colour completely differently and I could recognise them in nature and in everything I looked at really. Being so fascinated by discovering a new medium I found myself incorporating my photography into the work.
So I stared painting from this book called 'Hidden Art In Nature' and it depicted macro shots in colour of the intersection of leaves and tree barks and natural patterns that occur throughout nature. So I stared making impressions of these images and spending longer and longer on paintings to make them more complex over time.
The latter part of this Journey resulted in me wanting to combine my documentary techniques and painting, A way that was original to me, creating from my own image and ideas. I seemed quite lost and bombarded with information seeing the world through the eyes of a black and white photographer and a painter at the same time, I was not too sure where to look or what to focus on at times. So I decided to come up with a way of combining the two. incorporating the work into one aesthetic. Painting with light and painting with developing chems.
Anyway I came about the original idea about a month into photographing Louis and have expanded and evolved it many many times. It goes deep but for a reason. With the context of wanting to go inside of myself as deep as I could go and bring something back to translated as a message, for me or for someone else to learn from.