David Van Allen & Ron Meyer
David Van Allen
Van Allen’s process begins by collecting hundreds of images of a person, using silver-based black & white film. His camera is very close to his subject during the image collection part of the process and he changes camera position for each fragment. This tends to make the portraits mildly cubist. He then assembles the photographs (up to 200) to create a nearly life-size portrait. Through this process Van Allen compiles multiple facial expressions and hand gestures, providing the viewer a more complete “picture” of the individual.
All of David Van Allen’s pieces are mounted on foam core.
These images were captured during live performances at Iowa City Jazz Festivals. Jazz is characterized both by musical conversation between the performers (“call and response”) and by improvisation. This exhibit is my photographic improvisation, which I call Jazz Noir Images™.
Jazz Noir Images™ are crafted in the style of Hollywood 1940’s and 1950’s “film noir” cinematography. This cinematic style uses dramatic low-key, black-and-white, unbalanced compositions and negative space to elicit suspense, mystery and tension in the viewer.
Enjoy my Jazz Noir Images™ as photographic “call & response.” Imagine a visual conversation between the image and you, the viewer. Hear the sax and the walking rhythm of the bass. Sway to the swing of the ride cymbal. Feel the images’ emoting calls. What is your response?
All of Ron Meyer’s pieces are matted and framed.