For this photograph, I had an ideational preparation for almost two years.My starting point was Synesthesia.
Synesthesia could shortly be described as: sense perceptions moving by effecting each other and becoming one-piece by intermixing. FOR EXAMPLE; TO SEE THE SOUND AS COLOUR, OR TO HEAR THE COLOUR AS SOUND (*Nazan Ipsiroglu INFLUENCE OF MUSIC ON PAINTING).
All my works took form on the thoughts of how I can see the colour as sound. As soon as sound got involved, it became apparent how important the time process was. With my MOVEMENT exhibition in 1995, I had brought a different commentary upon approaching photography as describing the moment. The method I used on "Movement" made me feel relieved about using time whilst taking photographs. I developed my tudies on synesthesia on that direction.
In this type of a project instead of using more than one instrument, it made my life easier to choose one single instrument to begin with. The instrument I chose was drums.
After completing the photograph mentally, I obtained the equipment
that Id use. For the music, I took a section from IRON BUTTERFLY s
17-minutes piece called IN-A-GADDA-DA VIDA and recorded it on a tape,
over and over. This recording was studied by the drummer for quite a
long time. The drummer friend told me that I could use two of her alto
drums for my photo-shooting. I had two five-meter long transparent hoses
done. I connected these hoses together as a T connection. Then I connected
a single transparent hose to the "T" and put a tap to the
end. I put two spot lights, green and red, into black vases and fixed
them. The reason to choose the red and green colours was to gain a yellow
colour, as well. I had a 5-6 meter long black background done. We
I used 100 ASA - 200 ASA - 400 ASA films for this shooting, and kept the film speed ring on 1600 ASA at all times. I chose this method -In despite of Push Processing- to solve the exposure problem caused by the film rolling in the camera. After taking the photographs, I developed the films on their original "ASA" rating.
In a dark environment; whilst switching the 100-watt spotlights on, I drained water continuously onto the altos by using the hoses. There is a tiny elevation on altos, with the help of this elevation, water stayed on them. To prevent water leaking from the sides of the alto drums, I used packing. We inserted the tape into the cassette-player and played it on a high volume. The reason for doing this was to concentrate on music together with the drummer.
Then I started to practice my idea; when drummer hit the drumsticks on the altos, vibration of translucent parts of the altos caused the water splash and the spotlights coloured these water drops. When the height of the water splashes changed by the drumsticks hitting the alto drums in varying hardness, according on every single note, the part of the plan about the "music piece being seen as colour" was completed. To ensure keeping water on the altos, the water tap was left on, to flow same amount of water at all times. The water left on until the end of the photo-shooting. The only job left to do was, to capture this vision in a time process with the help of a camera.
I took the pictures with a motor-speed of 3,5 frames per second by
turning the film advance lever manually from the opposite direction.
The dimensions of this photograph (slide-dia) is 2,4cm * 64cm. There
are so many obstacles to print this photograph. First of all it is difficult
to get it as one-piece from the scanner. What I want is a photograph
which is 2 meter in wide and 30 meter in height. Unfortunately there
are many problems about this subject matter.
Copyright © 1998 Ş.Ugur Okçu Ankara/Türkiye