Martin Wilson at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Martin Wilson - Oranges and Lemons
Last year at Greenbelt an undoubted highlight of the Visual Arts programme was Martin Wilson's little exhibition of photographs and talk about how he creates them in our Artists Forums, and in his own words here is how he does it :
'My pictures are painstakingly created frame by frame on 35mm film. I get the whole film developed, scan it, then piece the final image together on the computer, making a large contact sheet. It’s only when the completed film strips are laid out side by side in the contact sheets that the final image appear.
Each work usually takes months to complete, as each frame is obsessively taken in sequence. No pasting together after the event, no cheating in Photoshop! If I make a mistake or take a frame out of place I start the film again from the beginning.'
If you want to see some of his wonderful images take a look at his website and you will begin to understand just how much painstaking work goes into creating them: www.martinwilson.net
We are really pleased to hear Martin has one of his pieces in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which is now open to the public. And you can also see his work this weekend if you are near Leigh on Sea, or in Leicester at Bishop Street Methodist Church in July.
This year Martin is developing a few ideas, and will be creating a piece for us during the festival - a bit of a creative challenge for him, but given the nature of the way he works and the Long Now theme we won't exhibit the finished piece until the Festival in 2010 - we're confident it will be worth the wait!