GREAT ARTISTS ARE OFTEN REMEMBERED FOR A SPECIFIC STYLE IN WHICH THEY CREATED THEIR WORK. AND BY DOING THAT WE OFTEN TEND TO FORGET THEY DID MORE THAN ONLY THAT. AND MOST LIKELY THEIR MOST FAMOUS WORKS WERE THE RESULT OF A LONG EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS. INFLUENCED BY TRENDS, COLLEAGUES, NEW TECHNIQUES THEY DISCOVERED AND DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDINGS OF ELEMENTARY SUBJECTS SUCH AS ANATOMY, LIGHT AND SHADOW AND TEXTURES. ART IS AN ORGANIC PROCESS THAT ALWAYS CHANGES.
Everything around us is in movement. Everything evolves. Territories are a good and vivid example of that. Did you know for example that until far into the 19th century Salt Lake City was located in Mexico? Today Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah, the 45th state of the United States. It is known for its breath taking location surrounded by the Great Salt Lake to the northwest and he steep Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges on the eastern and south western borders, where it lies in the shadow of the famous Twin Peaks. One of Salt lake City’s inhabitants is Ephraim Karl. At 26, Ephrail stands 1m83/6’0” tall and is the perfect personation of a healthy, well built Utah man. So when John Clum first laid eyes on him; he knew he just had to photograph him.
Photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) once said that you don’t take a photograph, you make it. John Clum lives by this statement. John is an artist and as all artists know, art is an organic process that always changes. John is painter by origin. He lives and works in his home and studio located in the secluded Table Rock Refuge, off in the woods and overlooking a 2 acre pond with a dock. Though painting lies at the foundation of his art, John also knows that nowadays models hardly have the time to spend hours or days posing for a piece of art. And since John does like to work with models, especially male models, he looked for another way to bring his creative vision to life. Which he found in photography. Today, John Clum is a painter and photographer who, like so many artists, treats his art as evolutionary. Always changing. Always improving. Always in movement. Much like John himself. Because much as he likes to work in his little paradise north of New York, he also likes to travel and find inspiration and people to work with elsewhere. This month John Clum is making a road trip through the United States, which brings him from east to west and back again. During this road trip he will also visit Salt Lake City, home of Ephraim Karl.
It was during the fall and Winter of 2013 when Ephraim Karl visited a local university not too far from John Clum's home. Ephraim was here as a visiting student for one semester and it was completely by chance that the two of them met. But when they did, John knew he had to photograph him, even though he knew nothing about him. That is how real inspiration strikes. Ephraim made it easy for John, being an easy to talk to and down to earth kind of guy. After that first encounter Ephraim showed interest in Johns work and very agreeable to collaborate. Which then lead to 2 independent sessions of which you see the result here today. And what is interesting is that, even the two sessions where executed in a short time span, the result of each individual shoot is very different. Due to the chosen setting. Due to the post production techniques John used. And due to Ephraim’s physical appearance, once smooth and once hairy.
Every painter, every sculpture, every architect, every great master from the past and today know, art is an organic process that always changes. It is dynamic, it is inspirational and it is aspirational. John Clum’s artistic vision is to create photography through the eyes of a painter. His double shoot of Ephraim Karl really shows what he means with that. An ever turning process that always ends with surprising results which are never the same. –BM-
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