Alongside avenue artists akin to Peeta, Levalet, and Victoria Villasana, Ford tackled the concept, “What if avenue artists might work on any floor, not restricted by scale, accessibility, security, or guidelines?”
Ford photographed avenue artwork that cleverly blends into the encircling panorama to place the road artists’ work in locations they couldn’t in any other case create, together with closely guarded and guarded areas just like the Panthéon in Paris, England’s iconic Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, and a central strip of a freeway in Los Angeles.
Ford’s collaborators got giant photographic prints of the chosen areas as canvases after which created unique, hard-made artworks instantly onto the pictures. Ford took pictures of the prints of their unique location, capturing them anew, full with their lovely modifications, one thing Colossal describes as “playful and imaginative.”
Within the first launch of the Not possible Road Artwork sequence, Ford has unveiled eight prints, with every work brilliantly bringing every artist’s distinctive fashion to life. Ador, featured within the video above, launched their imaginative character to the scene. The collaborative photograph mission additionally celebrates Peeta’s well-known optical illusions and Victoria Villasana’s integrations of textiles into her murals.
Though Ford provided his fellow artists with giant prints, the road artists are nonetheless used to working at a a lot bigger scale, so the completely different workflow supplied them a novel problem.
Whereas Ford’s new collaborative sequence allows artists to infuse well-known, protected areas with their art work, Ford confronted challenges throughout picture seize. Past the problem of capturing every space twice with comparable lighting, climate, and framing, Ford was additionally “chased away by safety guards, attacked by hungry mosquitoes,” and had the “artworks blown over by sturdy winds.” The mission has many shifting items, and execution requires meticulous planning.
“Road artists are well-known for having this immense creativity that already pushes on the limits of what’s doable. I wished to see what we might create collectively if these limits have been eliminated altogether. What might we do with landmarks it could be unimaginable to get to? What if as a substitute of a brick wall, the canvas have been the facet of a mountain or the floor of the ocean?” Ford says.
“I’ve been blown away with the concepts [the artists] got here up with, and it’s been a privilege to make use of my images to situate these concepts in the actual world and spotlight how limitless the creativeness of the road artist is,” he continues.
Artists featured within the first print launch embody Ador (France), Denis Meyers (Belgium), JanIsDeMan (Netherlands), Levalet (France), Morley (USA), Peeta (Italy), and Victoria Villasana (Mexico).
Additional artworks are in progress, and Ford says extra details about areas and contributing artists can be shared later this 12 months.
“The Not possible Road Artwork mission caught my consideration as a result of it interrupts actuality for the viewer and permits me as an artist to reimagine the world with all limits eliminated. Road artwork says that something on this world is usually a canvas, and Joseph’s course of takes that concept and runs with it. There’s a long-term imaginative and prescient for this collaboration and I’m excited to see what different artists will convey to it,” says collaborating artist Victoria Villasana.
Extra of award-winning photographer Joseph Ford’s work is available on his website. Prints from Not possible Road Artwork and Ford’s earlier tasks can be found by his online store, together with prints from Ford’s superb collaboration, Knitted Camouflage, with knitter Nina Dodd that PetaPixel featured in 2018.
Picture credit: All photos © Joseph Ford, collaborating artists are labeled in every caption