Ordered, composed and perfectly geometric: the world seen from above according to the Australian photographer Brad Walls it looks exactly like this. The award-winning artist, now based in New York, presented a new series of shots, Vacant, to retract behind the lens a squash court where he played in high school. Intrigued by the immense empty space and the lines of the playground platform, he was fascinated by it: “As an artist, you always try to push yourself further, to find new scenarios and test new limits. A ‘box’ of 20 square meters to tell with a drone was exactly the next challenge. ”
To create the collection of still images, Walls therefore sought a clean, almost aseptic style, with a retro-futuristic charm, using mainly white and red. “To combat the claustrophobic nature of a squash court, I filled the space with as much white as possible, including the dresses and uniforms worn by the models, to prevent the scenes from becoming too ‘boxed’. The tension between future and past is intriguing. Movies like Gattaca, Blade Runner And Beyond the Black Rainbow were critical to my understanding of the genre. “
As for other series signed by himWalls employs one choreographic style similar, opting for static poses, immortalized in mid-movement. “The direction of the gesture is understood as artificially detached from the environment,” he explains the skilled artist in fine art aerial photography. The shots “tell a story, but I don’t want to reveal it completely: I like the idea that my work can seduce”.
Enigmatic and intriguing, the series of beautiful photographs it is a unique celebration of duplicity and the laws of symmetry which, in the figures represented, dialogue without interruption with the inhabited space. “Geometry gives a hint of coherence in an increasingly incoherent world. Human beings are innately attracted to it. I, perhaps, even more”.
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The retro-futurism of a squash court portrayed by Brad Walls in a choreography of geometry