Roger Polley and John Woodman
Selected Photographic / Film Work
The sizes of the selected photographic works are not in relative proportion to each other.
Newton Poppleford, Devon
Lyme Regis, Dorset
The video is subjected to another level of experimentation to extend the theme of opacity, transparency and representation by digitally layering the video footage on the ‘Avid’. The panning movements were overlapped in up to three layers, creating the opportunity for new formal configurations and visual juxtapositions and building in the possibility for chance and unpredictability. The images glide over each other, sometimes moving in opposite directions and at others in simple single layered pan movements.
The sound is also digitally layered in different places which intermittently enhances the sound of the rain (it appears to be raining heavier for example when the sound is overlapped in three layers and silence when the rain has stopped.) and has an effect on the way in which the images are perceived and vice versa, throughout the duration of the video.
Film Installations - 1983 - 2000 Roger Polley and John Woodman / short edited extracts
The collection of films for the website were originally made in Super 8 and projected in gallery spaces using either 4 or 5 Super 8 loop projectors. The installations are often shown continuously in a gallery space, however each has been given a finite time duration considered especially for this Website.
Frames Super 8 (orig) 8 minutes colour 4 screen projection
Mobile 1 Super 8 (orig) 8 minutes colour 4 screen projection
Silver Fish Super 8 (orig) 5 minutes colour 4 screen projection
Good Friday Super 8 (orig) 6 minutes colour 5 screen projection
Bubbles Super 8 (orig) 8 minutes colour 4 screen projection
Angle Super 8 (orig) 10 minutes colour 4 screen projection
Mobile 2 Super 8 (orig) 8 minutes colour 5 screen projection
Kaleidoscope Super 8 (orig) 3 minutes colour 5 screen projection
‘Faced with these installations one is reminded of Maholy Nagy’s Light Machine where purely looking and observing the visual object is as much pleasure as deciphering and understanding its construction and processes. These multi-screen installations focus on the visual reading of surface, playing with distance, reflections and picture planes. Elements such as the tide, waves, currents and their rhythms become active components in conjunction with the framing, loops, angles and multi-projection to create a myriad of possibilities where each set- up and although using many ‘natural’ elements as source material they do not reflect or mimic nature but rather translate some of the patterns, movements and structures present in both the content and the technological apparatus into a visually autonomous installation’.
Michael Maziere April 1985 From the book ‘The Structure of Chance’
Commission: South Hill Park
ARBORETUM 1983-84Commission: E.M Flint Galley, Walsall
Commission: Festival d’Art, Paris
VISIONS AND PATTERNS- River Exe Valley Parks 1991-92Commission: Exeter City Council
SPIRIT OF NATURE 1993-94Commission: Devon County Council, Countryside Commission and University of Plymouth
FOSSIL FOREST 1995-96Commission: Natural History Museum, Brighton
A VISION OF LINCOLN 1995-96
Commission: Usher Gallery, Lincoln
MAPPING SALTBURN 1998-99Commission: Saltburn Improvement Company and Northern Arts