Catalog of memory
by Robert Pearson
About the Book
These are “photo paintings”. Using a panorama stitching application I combine as many as 30 single photographs into one huge photograph, I then montage a few of these “stitched” photographs into one huge picture. I then cut, draw, scribble, adjust, clone, etc to achieve the desired result. This process creates huge digital files (over 2GB each) and I can enlarge these pictures to 20ft. and retain pin sharp detail.
I first began using the “panorama stitching” process for my film work. It is a way of creating a much wider undistorted field of view than is possible with a conventional wide angle lens. What results from this technique is a random image, a little narrative, a deconstruction of sorts, an overlapping movie combined into one final frame, the destruction of the “square” picture.
These pictures are mostly taken in museums, galleries. I am intrigued by the weird juxtaposed narratives contained within these spaces. These pictures are an extension of that disambiguation, an appreciation of that artificial dialogue.
Robert Pearson was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He studied art at the Wellington School of Design. He has lived in London, New York, Prague and now resides in Los Angeles. Robert is a Emmy award winning production designer and has worked on many successful film and television projects. He has had exhibitions of paintings in New Zealand and exhibitions of Photography in New Zealand, London and Los Angeles.