I am riding the tube and I saw an add from an animal shelter. ai started thinking about the distressed dog in the picture. it made me think and recall another distresed dog I have met in the past.
So images do that, they act as triggers for memory, of course, you might also do that with words but it is a completely different thing. Ani way. I was thinking about the viewer and how he or she always bring their own memories and experiences. I just have to find a way to play with that
At the end of July I found the perfect excuse to start working on middle size pieces, I saw an open call on the mall galleries and I wanted to build two pieces large enough to be presented to this contest, I applied the same construction principles I had learn with smaller pieces but soon I discovered it was going to be a far more complex and challenging process.
My idea for this was to connect different moments represented by different images inside a single piece. I wanted to represent the idea that visual memory is a collage of elements dynamically attached to one another.
I started by selecting two images from a gallery of photographs I took on two different trips to natural parks near London i.e. Richmond Park and Windsor Park, then I went through a gallery of photographs from my cellphone and selected two more images from past experiences, Finally, I “stitched” them both inside Blender and built a 3D model of them.
Afterwards, I had to rethink my construction logic and spent quite a good amount of time just learning how to translate the 3D model onto 3 separated layers of foam.
Finally I was able to finish both pieces for the contest and now I am waiting for the results.
In this series I was really decided to take risks, and I did take more than a couple, now I feel inspired to take things even further. I think that this first attempt was pretty successful.
Last week I went on a trip to Paris, nice weather, lovely company and lots of interesting places to visit. Since the first day, I used my camera for different experiments while walking freely through the streets of this wonderful city, one might say that this was my first big psychogeographic exploration.
Right now I am building several models and I wanted to post some renders of one that is really interesting for me as it combines an actual object with a chunk of the surrounding environment.
This exercise has taught me a lot, now I am planning to build both a VR “walk around” and a 360 video.
I think I have a lot to explore, many ideas in my head, it is really interesting to create “3D found objects” from photographs, there are a lot of technical questions to keep in mind but I really like aesthetics of this digitalization process, I think this offers a lot of opportunities for my research on the process of memory preservation an recollection.