The pieces in the COLOR FILMS series document color palettes and compositions I make from photographs of pure color that I shoot with my medium format camera on analog transparency film. The transparency films (commonly known as “slide” film) are approximately 2.5” x 3.5”, and unlike a film negative, when viewed with light you can see the precise, exact image in full color.
The COLOR FILMS series is an homage to the meditative nature the compositions possess as subjects in their own right, and to the intensity of the neo-classical color palette present in the photographs. I drew inspiration from the painter Mark Rothko, whose monolithic “color field” paintings quietly impose a transcendence in the viewer through the color and scale, and I use the COLOR FILMS to partially emulate that aesthetic in my compositions. I chose to keep the black film frames to highlight the physicality (and scale) of the objects when presented larger than life in the prints. For the interplay of the colors, I wanted deep, realistic tones in the film photographs that invoke the color we actually see with our eyes, so I produced a color palette inspired by the intense hues found in 17th century Dutch Baroque art (think Dutch still life paintings), which set standards for naturalism in color that is yet unequaled.
COLOR FILMS come in two sizes: the 20" x 28" pieces are printed on museum-grade Ilford Gallerie Prestige photo paper, while the 30" x 42" pieces are editioned at 5 and are printed on museum-grade Hahnemühle Photo Rag, a white cotton paper. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing prints or commissioning larger sizes for your project. A full catalog, pricelist and samples are available upon request.