Link to criticized picture: Georges Rousse
‘Georges Rousse is unmistakably a photographer : his photographs are intrinsic to revealing his images, and deciding the composition, cropping and lighting and clicking the shutter are all essential to his process. But he is simultaneously a painter, sculptor, and architect, carrying out the same relationship to his worksites as a painter to his canvas, or a sculptor to his clay or marble’ (Rousse G., s.d.).
‘Rousse works in abandoned architectural spaces, transforming the sites by painting and plastering an area so that, when photographed from a certain position, a geometric, coloured shape such as a circle or chequerboard design seems to hover on the surface of the image. At first glance, the process appears to involve simple overlaying of the photograph with a geometric wash of colour, but in fact the shape comes from carefully constructing the scene and then positioning the camera so that the illusion is complete.’ (Cotton C., 2014:41)
Entrance to other worlds, that’s what I feel with the work of George Rousse. The colourful construction seems both real and unreal. Real because in the picture they come over as something you can step into. Unreal because of the juxtaposing of colours and forms, bright painted rainbow colours against the faded decayed building construction colours. The beauty for me is in the mystery. I think it is an inventive way to use the medium of photography. What I get out of this picture for myself is the importance of positioning myself and the camera to reach a desired effect.
Cotton, C. (2014) The Photograph as Contemporary Art (3rd edition) London: Thames & Hudson
Rousse G. (s.d.) At http://www.georgesrousse.com/en/biography/ (accessed on 17 November 2016)