Monday, January 27, 2014

Indulis: Against The Sky

'I like working outdoors with a model posed against the sky.'

When I was first introduced to the work of Brookhaven photographer Indulis last spring, there were three distinct, but connected themes at the core of his work. The first was windows, but not just any windows but the windows from his home that look out over the land and water that surrounds his home. ( An Unobstructed View)

The second is that land and water and the artists passion for it. (An Island For One) The third theme may not seem connected, but like those windows, it serves as a way of getting even a greater view of all that surrounds.

We often put those we admire on pedestals. We feel their lives must be better than ours because they are richer or better looking or don't have the problems we must face each day. The longer I work on FH, the more apparent it has become that those in front of the camera, just like those behind it, live and breath on the same playing field as I do. That is what I find so refreshing about Indulis and his pedestals. They are not used to necessarily elevate the model so we see them better, the elevation is used to get closer to the sky and to see even more of what surrounds.

'I've always been entranced by nature, wildlife and the sea and my home embodies that, with unobstructed windows on every side and even all exterior doors made of glass. My work with figure models not only complements but elevates this primal instinct.'

Like his window's, the pedestals act as lens and the model as perspective. I think if not for fear of their safety, Indulis might elevate his models even higher as the closer to the sky one reaches, the more panoramic the view. Sometimes distance can actually make things so much clearer.

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