These pictures are just as much about drawing and painting as they are
about photography. In a couple of cases I have finished a photographic print
by hand, to "dress" it with colour and form in ways that I thought were needed.
In other cases I have started with a large sheet of watercolour paper, marking
out a square and filling it by drawing and painting with great speed and
spontaneity without fixating upon a subject -- I have tried to let my hand and
heart rule, keeping my brain out of it.
Then I have taken the result, taped it on a wall in a darkened room, and
photographed it by painting on it with a hand-held halogen spotlight, shaping
the light with my hands during a long exposure with total spontaneity.
The results are generally an impenetrable mess. A mess, however, that begins
to come alive when I look at it on the computer after scanning the negative.
Or not. Usually, not. These pictures, however, did come to life at least for me.
I hope they live for you as well in a continuing flash of recognition.
Pictures and text: Svend Videbak
Titles from top:
Anatomy of a breakdown (1)
Anatomy of a breakdown (2)
Angel of mercy
Portrait of a shy girl