Author: Jasper Lepani

Project Check – Jasper Lepani

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– Jasper Lepani

Becoming Animal – Jasper Lepani (s3769565)

David Abram’s evocative story telling in the chapter ‘Depth’ from his Becoming Animal book, is an imaginative and surreal view into the serene and wondrous mind set of a keen hiker, lost in the wilderness. But more then that, Abram’s use of lingual imagination is striking and visualizing. I couldn’t help but relive old memories of making houses in the bush as a kid, using what ever was at our disposal and setting my soul to the beat of mother nature.

Abram describes a shared dreamlike experience of wonder lust in nature, using it to vividly describe depth in not just its physical properties, but also the feelings it creates. This is something I truly respect about this writer and I found I agreed and connected with in this writing.

– Jasper Lepani

Individual Project Plan & Preliminary Works – Jasper Lepani (s3769565)

Concept

The mind and consciousness; two things directly connected to reality and unreality.

These elements of perception make up our own individual life experiences and thus intrigue me in my own way, to grasp an understanding for myself.

I have gravitated towards photography and videography quite naturally, after years of drawing and being lost in my own little world. The abundance of art and scientific development around photo/ videography is fascinating to me and at the forefront of our present everyday, social and physical environment. This is why I want to focus on the bridge photography gaps between the realities of dream like imagination, its abstract beauties and the stark absurd reality of everyday existence.

Inspiration

 

Image result for reuben wu\\ Reuban Wu – Lux Noctis

Image result for alessio albi smoke\\ Alessio Albi – Unknown

Image result for alessio albi car\\ Alessio Albi – Unknown

 

Notes:

The colour grading and consistent beauty which these 2 artists create in their work, fascinates me and inspires me to create elements of this level of detail in my project images for Contemporary Landscape, such as the lighting quality and framing of Albi and the surreal, alien beauty and imagination of Wu.

Process

I plan to capture moments with friends and family, that have significance to me in the moment of capture, or upon review of the image. Moments of future nostalgia and wonder or personal exploration.

Landscapes with candid, mysterious beauty, no matter the subject is the current goal of the project.

Preliminary Work

Schedule

2-9th Sept: Shooting in Yarra Valley

13th Sept: Editing

20th Sept: Fieldtrip start

23rd Sept: Field trip end

Post 23rd Sept: Processing and editing

 

– J. Lepani

Alternative Perspectives – Jasper Lepani (s3769565)

My work is quite stylized in some respects and attempts to find a certain level of beauty in the everyday environment in a very broad sense. I love trying to explore how we see the universe through our own little bubbles, how our memories,nostalgia and imagination perceives reality is fascinating to me from an aesthetic point of view and with the amount of progress being made in the development of our technologies and living conditions, I think it is a prime opportunity to see the evolution of the universe and the stories that are yet to come in my lifetime.

(Photos taken in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2019, Jasper Lepani)

– J. Lepani

Luigi Ghirri’s ‘The Complete Essays 1973-1991’ Reading Response – Jasper Lepani (s3769565)

After reading the short essay ‘There Is Nothing Old Under The sun (2)’ in Luigi Ghirri’s ‘The Complete Essays 1973-1991’ I found a connection to what the author was discussing, in not just landscape art but really art as a whole. ‘There’s nothing old under the sun’… Yes it’s all been here forever, but life is a system of cycles; everything starts over and transforms, re-birthing itself in a new version. These new versions just like you and I, are (in comparison to our parents) completely new, a cycle of life discovering all there is to discover, all over again. With these cycles, comes room for innovation and change, as a photographer we document this change, whether you are being obscure and contorting with your art, or doing straight edge realism and documenting; you are sharing your individual environment, in the mind and the greater world. Photography will only change when it’s environment changes; when war changes, love changes, lifestyles change &  society changes. Imagine a world hurt so badly by our own poor decisions that it can no longer support us. We are staring at these massive changes in the face, we just have to tip over the edge of the waterfall… It will be interesting how photography changes during these times. Will we take photos of the people and things we care about most on a personal level, instead of the mass materialism that is currently popular, or will romanticism be greater than ever? A mass of minds, who are facing their consequences and wishing back for their perfect nostalgic dream of the past? Only time will tell.

– J. Lepani

Reading Response: Mother Nature/ Australian Landscape/ The Beholding Eye – Jasper Lepani (s3769565)

Something I found interesting…

about Deborah Bright’s ‘Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men’ & Rebecca McCauley’s ‘Australian Landscape Photography: The Colonial Project, The Panorama, Its Undoing’, was the way they spoke of our human connection to nature and how the ‘Landscape’ is a broad, yet specific attempt for people to communicate their perspective of the world around them and what it means to them.

Landscapes are a record of both the mysterious mother to our civilization, and a structure of resources from which we use to develop.

Like ‘Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men’ & ‘The Beholding Eye’ discuss, nature is considered the pure and the traditional; but as the universe molds us on a personal and social level, we shape the universe, & thus also nature in the traditional sense; creating a crossover of humankind and its environment in landscapes as art and as reality. This is why I believe the 2 are not opposing sides, but one in the same; A complex and fractal like combination of systems and energy moving in a certain direction to the various beats of time. Humankind and nature are one in the same, just like the bacteria inside our own bodies. Landscapes are deeply connected and rooted in our history and our being; they are our homes, our scene and our ambitions. From ancient stars, to crowded city streets, the landscape is overwhelming and enduring, yet personal and evocative.

McCauley, Bright and D.W. Meinig’s readings are a good introduction to what the landscape is and how the term came to be, & it was interesting to see respected article’s from different perspectives and times, discuss and structure the topics and ideas I have had around art, photography and landscapes.

 

– J. Lepani

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