Fabric in the Semi

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CompanyChristopher Paul Brown Photography
ArtistChristopher Paul Brown

The Fabric in the Semi series can be considered a subset of both my Radical Play and Obscure Reveal series. More importantly, it offers a textbook example of using polar opposites in my intent/openness approach to making art. Intent translates into hard boundaries and openness signifies the freedom and possibilities offered within these boundaries. These shoots occurred on August 19 and 23 of 2016. They were shot in the same semi-trailer at approximately the same time of day. Throughout each shoot I photographed model Katrin Dohse from within the semi. Katrin held or tossed fabric as I photographed her silhouetted figure. The paradox of expanded freedom through limiting boundaries is the prerequisite to the flow of alchemical energy and its handmaidens, synchronicity and serendipity. The obscure/reveal polarity offers a similar outcome. My photographs are like the shards of nearly forgotten dreams. Their source is the unconscious and, perhaps, unexplored dimensions.

Christopher Paul Brown is known for his exploration of the unconscious. His photography career dates back to 1978. His first photography sale was to the collection of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana and his video You Define Single File was nominated for the Golden Gate Award at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival in 2004. In 2019 his work will appear in the 7th International Photography Annual Publication of Manifest Gallery. He recently exhibited twice in Rome, Italy, in Belgrade, Serbia and had ten works at a Florida museum. He earned a BA in Film from Columbia College.