A Study of Visual Tension / by Josh Sands

 

2011

Using simple objects shapes and colors, this photography project emphasizes potential energy, visual immediacy, and tension; both literally and figuratively.  Using the language of child hood apprehension, enthusiasm, and mischievousness the focus here is on play and activity.

This particular piece also plays on certain childhood archetypes such as cat and mouse, wiley coyote and roadrunner, and cops and robbers. 

This particular piece also plays on certain childhood archetypes such as cat and mouse, wiley coyote and roadrunner, and cops and robbers. 

This particular piece references the idea of games in general; war games, board games, and sports.

This particular piece references the idea of games in general; war games, board games, and sports.

As a side note I'm also struck by the shape and surface of the balloon, it is a thin skin and mimics the glass bubble.  Perhaps the balloon is more visually fragile than an object that we commonly view as extremely fragile, glass.  Yet in another way the balloon holds more visual weight in its resilience, buoyancy and humor.

As a side note I'm also struck by the shape and surface of the balloon, it is a thin skin and mimics the glass bubble.  Perhaps the balloon is more visually fragile than an object that we commonly view as extremely fragile, glass.  Yet in another way the balloon holds more visual weight in its resilience, buoyancy and humor.

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This piece references moments of sexual tension, flirtation, and school-yard antics; displayed in a playful mood.

This piece references moments of sexual tension, flirtation, and school-yard antics; displayed in a playful mood.

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This top down view shows the design to essentially be paired down to three circles; yellow, green and red.  Much like the polka dots on a clown or rings, tokens, or buttons on a toy or game.

This top down view shows the design to essentially be paired down to three circles; yellow, green and red.  Much like the polka dots on a clown or rings, tokens, or buttons on a toy or game.

The content of this image also recalls the childlike past-time of playing with your chewing gum, shooting a rubber-band, or learning to tie your shoe.

The content of this image also recalls the childlike past-time of playing with your chewing gum, shooting a rubber-band, or learning to tie your shoe.