“PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART” – The Aurora wEos Series
FADE IN: EXT – SUN IN SKY – DAY
The sun framed bright white radiating ball. Slowly zoom out to encompass the living city of Miami. MUSIC – fade in crescendo from Scene 1 – Das Rheingold by Wagner and fade it out.
Light brings life to everything, including photography. The two part Greek root meaning of the word “photo-” and “-graphia” translates to “painting with light.” Recording with photography is easy enough, especially in the new digital age, and with skillful talent photographs can be made artistically. They can be viewed as artistic photography, but can’t be defined as Fine Art Photography.
INT – THEATER – DARK
Image 10 shows a LS photograph of a spot lighted muse, Ann, with top hat and tails, taken in an old theater.
It was after leaving Vivitar as in-house photographer, apprenticing with more seasoned photographers, and ten years of freelance commercial photography, when James (Schot) began, in 1987, illuminating for his photographic art. By then he had the itch and also enough photographic wherewithal to take that step.
INT – STUDIO – DARK
B&W shot of James sitting, dramatically lit in dark studio. Camera dollies forward until a HS is achieved.
Creative impulses come from within. Family, friends suggest “why don’t you do this or that,” meaning a shot of flowers, or landscape, a celebrity possibly? “This is what people want,” as if successfully satisfying a Market should be the motivator and measure the value of what I created.
Image 21 shows the SHENANDOAH illusion, overall and in various shots, pans and tilts.
Image 29 shows the OLD OAK TREE illusion in pans, tilts, overall, and Image 30, the GIANT OAK TREE by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Image 31 shows the STONEWALL illusion in pans, tilts, overall.
Stonewalls are another addition especially unique to the Vineyard and all of New England landscapes. The golden age of stonewall building, mostly out of granite, for fencing, boundary lines, or an animal pound was from 1775 to 1825. The searches for a particularly beautiful sample ended with capturing this STONEWALL illusion, to which is added the petrifaction of a muse (through three hours of painting).
Image 39 shows the SCULPTURE GARDEN illusion in pans, tilts, zooms, and in full.
A place you can’t miss on the Vineyard is the Field Gallery in West Tisbury. The galleries garden is the home for the whimsical sculptures by Thomas Maley. These playful dancing figures are a joy and James decided to add his own whimsy into the scene.
It was around 1997, James was on a professional assignment and taking a lunch break by Edgartown Harbor, when a woman approached him expressing an enthusiastic interest in photography. She was to become his next Muse.
Image 53 shows Cleveland posing on top of a cliff holding a scarf in the breeze and over her naked body.
Her name was Cleveland. Young, attractive, very bright, and having an effervescent personality that reminded him of the Marilyn Monroe in the classic film “Some Like It Hot,” she was a ham for the camera.
Image 58 shows ROOM OF BLUES from the DOUBLE VISION series full out and in tilts, pans, zooms.
DOUBLE VISION followed. When interviewing James he had no particular recollection of any single reason behind the inspiration for creating, via multiple exposures, two Muses of the same model, Cleveland, on a single piece of film. Continuing his explorations on how far he could push creativity through the camera is always part of it, but what else? He only had this idea of creating scenes duplicating his Muse.
Image 64 show ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background. Image 65 of an excavation in Pompeii show fossilized citizens from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD in pans, tilts, zooms, and in full.
Soon after DOUBLE VISION, James moved forward on a new series that had come to mind. In 1996 media attention was given to archaeological discoveries in and around Pompeii when it was added to the World Monuments Watch. The historic Roman city was buried in volcanic ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. This gave James the idea of visualizing his own archaeological dig to sweeping away earth to find beautiful artifacts.