Interactive scene, 2011
A playful experiment with parallax scrolling, also known as fumbling in the dark. I hacked this together in stolen moments, based on ideas conceived while drinking saké cocktails, cooking myself in the Florida sunshine, and musing about redesigning this site.
As this is an experimental project, performance may vary. Best viewed in Safari on Mac
It was a warm bright evening, after an ordinary day at the office. As I took my usual route home, I was looking at a line of trees silhouetted on the horizon. A view I passed every day, but had never really noticed before.
On that day, I imagined this concept - A story about escaping a life of monotony, like hanging up the phone… finding a location, a tree, to hang up the line, a life, and try again. Taking the idea of escape to extreme, far beyond my own real feelings, to create a more dramatic idea.
The images used were collated from a series of photographs I'd taken a few months beforehand, without any solid concept. After I had the idea for the narrative, the photos seemed to map to it, so I set about creating this sequence. Most of the images were captured on infrared black and white film.
One day whilst out driving, I don't know where exactly, I discovered an old caravan by the roadside.
I pulled over, and at the time, not knowing it was abandoned, cautiously took photos, unsure if it was occupied or not. As my courage grew I took photos closer and closer, until I found myself photographing through the door, which was unlocked and open.
As I drove home I tried to imagine the sequence of events which might have lead to this holiday home being left, abandoned this way. And from there, this photo-narrative was born.