Peter Tonningsen Alameda
Counterpoint Studio, LLC
For the past few years I have been collaborating with my friend and fellow photographer Lisa Levine on a photo-based project that we believe offers an exciting and inventive interpretation of the photographic document. We are especially interested in using multiple-imagery to visually describe and characterize landscape, community, and public space and have dedicated ourselves to uniquely portraying the diversity and distinctiveness of place through art with particular interest in public art. We love the challenge of crafting work and problem solving for such projects and we are eager to pursue commission opportunities for site-specific projects that allow us to reflect and involve the community in our art-making, reach audiences outside conventional art venues, and realize our imagery in alternative, long-term durable materials.
Our creative process begins with a repetitive shooting and exchange of 35mm film to create a series of layered photographic exposures depicting a multidimensional perspective of time and place. We aim to push the limitations of a singular vision towards a more fluid and complex perspective by interweaving two creative voices. We each begin with a single roll of film and photograph various scenes and landmarks throughout a designated area. That film is then rewound, exchanged, and we duplicate this process right over the top of what the other artist has just photographed, with this exchange repeated multiple times, eventually creating a surprising and complexly layered document of that place. We then scan the multiple exposed films in strips of consecutive frames and rework these scenes to accentuate selected formal and contextual components.
This unique synthesis between digital and analog technologies relies on the distinctive characteristics and possibilities of each, yet also unites them into an aesthetically imaginative and innovative form. Opposing the singularity and clarity of conventional direct photographic representation, and embracing the serendipitous wonder of this atypical process, the resulting photographs are visually rich and highly complex compositions that describe a creative interchange composed of fragments of information, time, and space. Such interpretive photographs are no longer picture perfect portals into reality, but now depict a multidimensional perspective that expands our notions of the photographic instant and reorders the appearance of photographic space. This approach allows us to uniquely celebrate the distinctive landscape of an area from multiple viewpoints while promoting reflection, conversation and a sense of visual vitality for the viewing audience. It also allows us to be responsive to a specific community and landscape and engage public audiences with artwork that unites familiar icons with a cohesive theme portraying the kinds of visual experiences one might encounter in those community surroundings. Such artwork has great potential to instill a sense of civic pride and ownership for residents while visitors will be drawn to the charm and character of the art and how it reflects the location