Taking visual cues and references from photography, Craig Cameron-Mackintosh explores the cinematic effects of light and shade by reworking the traditional silhouette motif. Cameron-Mackintosh pushes the two extremes that trick the eye to create different ways of seeing the same things.
“What light reveals on the one hand, it equally masks and distorts on the other hand. When the subject is backlit, the effect is almost like a photo negative – details are removed, rendering age, facial features and even the skin color of the subjects ambiguous. With a quick setting adjustment, the subject is overexposed and blown out with soft focus. These near life-size figures stare out into an unknown landscape, with the graduated blue canvases as their windows.”