UK / Duration 5m 11s / 2013
Not Far From Here is a video montage of surreal juxtapositions played out within the inner and outer world of its character. Portrayal of light is a defining feature of the work as it pulsates and bursts, threading its way through the sequence.
Not Far From Here is characterized by its dreamlike imagery and atmospheric soundscape. It creates a space of transcendence and otherness within a suburban framework of normality.
I originally trained as a sculptor but for many years my work has become preoccupied with the moving image. Cinematic language allows me to explore and create places by piecing and layering together footage of journeys through spaces, these journeys I lace with feelings of uncertainty.
I tend of focus on a place, landmark or idea and work with it over a long period of time, allowing it to grow in significance. This immersive process of working can lead to creating a sense of claustrophobia or the feeling of being taken over that feeds back into the work.
My unconventional style of working perhaps seems closer to a painter than a film maker. I often build scale models or work on photographs to help me to understand my subjects. Models are filmed using many different formats of camera and carefully lit using coloured studio lighting. Numerous video inserts are created and worked upon during the editing process, so that there is a real sense of layering and montage. Sound is also vital to the work and once meshed with the imagery form atmospheric, often dreamlike work that is reminiscent of a memory or a premonition.
My work intentionally references Science Fiction films of the 1950’s and 60’s where the layering and construction of the film making process are evident. I enjoy adapting low budget techniques drawn from this genre and use such devices in an exaggerated way to evoke a heightened sense of unease or suspense.