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Saturday Spotlight: Volume 046

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 9:45 AM
An Interview with-

> Please introduce yourself, in your own words. What are your interests?
I am 32. A European Master of Philosophy first introduced me to the educational world, which I am still involved with. I have been training to be a French teacher for the last four years; this year I'm back in school to complete my cursus with technical knowledge. I enjoy learning and I think that one must continue to learn all along their life.

> Where did you begin with artistic endeavours? How did you come across Abstraction or Surrealism?
I started to take pictures while I was studying philosophy: somehow I thought that a picture could perhaps express an idea - a concept - in an intuitive and immediate way. At this point I started to manipulated images in order to create scenes and scenarios which could bring me a step away from reality. These were my first contacts with surrealism. Abstraction came when I wanted to let something through in my work about the fluidity of the world in front of me.

> How would you explain the concept of Abstraction or Surrealism to someone with no experience with the genre?
I'd say that abstraction and surrealism occur through a momentary suspension of alteration of the categories that we usually use to apprehend, filter, and sort our perceptions with. Then these perceptions - the reality - appear to us in a raw manner; they literally turn the mind around. Abstraction and surrealism both invite us to let go of everything we've learned; of everything we believe.

> What inspires you to use Abstraction or Surrealism in your work?
On one side, there's the endeavour of mastering photo-manipulation technologies, and on the other, there's this faculty of taking note of the accidents that I wish to cultivate.

> What do you want to express with your artwork? What is the idea you're trying to put across?
I am not really focused on one specific goal with my work, thus it would be difficult to answer this in a single sentence. I worked with self-portraiture to produce an objective version of myself; to manipulate my personality as though it were a mere image. My traditional portraits, rather rare, express the continuity of the human figure with its environment; the extent of the concept of skin to the objects which surround us. I shoot the night and urban industry because I am fascinated by this paradoxical beauty which tends to occult the stars. The lights of the night tell us many things about the human condition and its fears. I focused myself on the nuclear industry - and I will continue, provided I find some time - because this energy is able to radically transform the planet, and has a terrible psychological and phantasmic impact. It also results in some very singular architecture.

> What are your 'tools of the trade'? How do you create your art?
My tools include everything that's able to produce a photographic image, but it analogue or digital. I have a tendency to stick to my DSLR, just because it's so easy to use, but I also use Polaroid and other film cameras, and sometimes I manufacture a pinhole camera out of a matchbox. In any case, I spend a lot of time in post-production. However, the more that my professional life takes over my free time, the more I concentrate on the shooting of an image and less on the editing time.

> Do you think the quality of a piece depends more upon technical perfection, or the message contained therein?
Of course I think that the message - the idea - is much, if not all, of an art piece, but I also have to admit that us photographers tend to too-often shield ourselves behind a wall of technical details. I try not to fall into that trap: I don't live off my photography, so I don't have anything to prove in that regard.

> Who are your favourite visual artists, and why?
Right now, there is just one name; that of Gregory Crewdson. I discovered his work in a bookshop while I was interrogating myself on how, and why, I shoot the night. I sometimes I wish I had a similar set crew, to organise the same sort of smoke-filled ambience as his meticulously-composed compositions...

> Which dA Groups would you recommend to someone looking to get involved with abstract and surreal art?
I don't really know; I've been rather passive on deviantART of late!

> What advice would you give to an absolute beginner in the genre?
Shoot out of the box!

> Any final words on abstract and surreal art?
Oh, yes: there's another world out there. It is the same world, of sorts; but unfiltered, uncut.

> In conclusion, pick nine works from your Favourites that you particularly enjoy.

Saturday Spotlight #046
A Showcase of Abstract & Surreal Art, featuring *siamesesam

Issue 46 of the Saturday Spotlight looks at the thoughts and atmospheric urban works of *siamesesam, a talented night-shooter.
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Exellent gallery - thanks to both of you for sharing !
arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Photographer
My pleasure.
jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Much obliged.
akkajess Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Writer
Lovely feature and interview :clap:
arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Many thanks for taking the time to look.
davespertine Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Great interview!

"Abstraction and surrealism both invite us to let go of everything we've learned; of everything we believe."

if only we learned to believe in that

thank you Samuel
scheinbar Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks so much, another very much intersting interview...
thanks Darran for your incredible work here
we learn such a lot of point of views here.
arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Photographer
My pleasure, as always.
Andaelentari Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, new to me and I love it :clap:.  Thank you for the exposure!
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