The process diary of film director Glendyn Ivin
Scanning through my Lightroom archive... My eye was drawn to these very similar photos. Whether it be in Swiss Alps or on a film set in Melbourne I'm just trying to take the same photo...
One of the unexpected outcomes of my Photograph Every Day project is regularly creating images where the camera feels less like the 'documenter' and more like a paint brush. The above sample, some of which have appeared on the P.A.D page (and my instagram) were taken in London, Paris and Melbourne over the past couple of months.
I have a backlog of photos from the past few months I want to put up here on Hoaxville. I'll start here with two portraits of Nat and Rosebud on the bank of the river we stayed by over Christmas. The river joins two large lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, hence where we were staying Interlaken (translation - between two lakes).
Director of Photography John Brawley (above) has just published a wonderful blog post detailing the creative and technical approach he took on our show The Beautiful Lie. 'JB' is one of the greats. A great friend and a great collaborator.
(Portrait of JB taken while scouting locations for The Beautiful Lie)
Finally saw The Revenant. What an amazing, amazing achievement. I don't think I've been that blown away by a film since...well since Birdman! (and maybe 21 Grams before that!) Emerging out of the cinema I felt my senses heightened. The air seemed cleaner. The sun warmer. Colours more saturated and peak hour Lygon street seemed almost calm and quiet.
The whole approach to the way that film was realised makes absolute sense to me. It's everything I aspire to as a filmmaker. The hyper realism, the humanity in the performances, the dream like poetry, the light, the immense geography, the extreme adventure of it etc... it's inspired me no end. It reminded me of quote I read recently...
"I would photograph an idea rather than an object, a dream rather than an idea." Man Ray
The whole film feels like a dream... It's not so much the story or the performances that struck me in The Revenant, it's the 'spirit' of the film, the uncompromised dream like cinematic language. It just made sense to me on a purely emotional level. It felt essential, like oxygen.
After a 30 hour journey from Paris we arrived home just after midnight. Ollie went straight to bed to try and get a little sleep before starting high school today. He took it all in his stride and loved his first day... Cool kid!
(photos taken last week in Knole Park, Kent, England)
More and more it seems a moment is only really experienced if it's viewed via a screen, or 'documented' with a selfie. I imagine most of these people would have travelled a long way to 'see' the Mona Lisa, let alone many of the the other jaw-droppingly inspiring artworks at the Louvre. But rather than actually look and see the work with their eyes, nearly everybody looked at it via their screens or turned their backs to photograph themselves in front with the painting popping over their shoulder on the phone screen.
I know I'm being judgmental, I'm the first to document almost anything and I'm sure most people who go to the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa has a good day... but this was one of the weirdest things I've seen in a while, hence my own need to 'document' it.
Annual village Christmas tree burning event in Interlaken, Switzerland. So strange and beautiful.