French new wave, distortion in the wind and a self-landscapist

Last night, I watched a film titled Shoot the Piano Player by the French new-wave director Francois Truffaut. Very beautifully shot and tonally immense it moved quickly and sharply through the dramatic story of a pianist involving kidnapping, obsession, family, love and coping with failure. I have heard much about Truffaut but have never seen one of his films and I was deeply impressed by this one.

I woke after a terrible night of strong winds and rain. The blinds in my room were rattling and shaking all night and the sound outside of the wind was like a constant great distorted white noise reminding me much of being on Tasman Island when in similar weather conditions. At some points in the night I thought the side of the house might blow off.

All day it rained and blew. I stayed indoors writing and mucking about with images from the first 2 weeks of the residency. So much great fodder to play with, if not too much, so where do I start, if I only need seven large images for the exhibition at Burnie Regional Art Gallery then what will I choose? Tomorrow I will commence exploring the drawing methods that I intend to use at the workshop this coming Saturday, but with NW geo images as a starting point.

As I go to bed I read more about film composition in particular 'framing' as well as the use of rear and frontal projection, mirrors and painted backdrops to deceive the viewer into believing the action is occurring elsewhere other than in a studio. I have been thinking about this notion of deception and the studio, as well as building models, like the ones you see in old Star Trek episodes or like with miniature model train sets. For a couple of months I have been looking into how I might build my own miniature landscapes, then zone in on them, only to blow them up to a large scale and see how they translate visually. A few months ago I came across Dutch photographer Levi van Veluw a self-portraitist who made a series of works in 2008 based around landscapes whereby he used small model landscape scenery building it up onto his head then photographing himself. I like these ideas and can see them developing into quite a complex project, but not for now.