The COLOR FILMS series documents the color palettes I make from the photos of pure color I shoot on my medium format camera with 120 size transparency film. The transparency films (commonly known as “slide” film) are approximately 2.5” x 3.5”, and unlike a film negative, when transparency film is viewed with light you can see the exact image.
COLOR FILMS is a statement to the intensity of the neo-classical color palette present in the film, and a recognition of the color compositions as subjects in their own right. I had a lot of inspiration from the painter Mark Rothko whose monolithic color field paintings gently impose transcendence through color and scale. Similarly, though at a smaller scale, I use the pure color films in compositions as an homage to this concept. Because most people recognize the black film frame as an object, the interplay of the colors blending together within the black give the compositions a sense of scale, presented larger than life on the wall. As for the choice of colors, I wanted tones and combinations that convey stability and realism, so I produced the color palette for the films based on the deep, intense hues found in the 17th century Dutch Baroque art, which set standards of naturalism that are still unequaled.
The prints in COLOR FILMS are Giclee prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, a heavy watercolor style paper, or on Ilford Galerie, a traditional photo paper. There are two sizes, both in an edition of 5, numbered and signed. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing prints or commissioning larger sizes for your project. A full catalog and samples are also available upon request.