Andrew Binkley

Presented at Phoenix I

We followed up with Andrew Binkley about his Crossings project, which is currently being shown at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Slideluck: What was your photographic technique for the Crossings project?
Andrew Binkley: The technique to get the shots for ‘Crossings’ was of hanging out of five story high windows while trying to photograph people directly below.  I cracked my rib once while leaning out a window, so now I use a horizontal bar on a tripod that the camera can mount to.  I then layered two or more images together in the computer while adjusting the level of transparency.  As a result, the people appear transient or ephemeral, but where they meet there is an intensity or a clarity.

SL: How did your project Crossing evolved from research to practice?
AB: When I first photographed the street scene in China, I was simply responding to what was unfolding below by wanting to just shoot some photos of it with no clear idea of how they might be used.  It wasn’t until a couple years later that I looked back at the images and saw them in a new light.  At the time I was experimenting with layering imagery and I just happened to put two of the China images together and they clicked perfectly.  So the process really brought about the concepts of the piece.  Once I saw this, I then began to shoot more photos and videos done in the same way, this time on the streets of Honolulu, Hawaii.  So now the concept was feeding the process, and as a result new insights were emerging as I observed the patterns of people interacting and the paths they were crossing and sharing within a greater perspective of time.
SL:  Are you currently working on a new project?
AB: I’m working on several projects, but one that is a new venture for me is a short animation film, done the old school way of hand done cell by cell drawings on vellum.  The project also combines a number of mediums including photography, video projections, sound, and interactive installations.  The film draws from various traditions and their depictions of stages that one goes through in life.  It is a very open narrative that follows a girl and her process of transformation and letting go, and is a project that as it evolves, continues to both reflect and spark my own process of transformation and letting go.
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