Orchestrations, Full Circle Photography Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Geoff Roberton, War Paint 1.2, archival pigment paint, 2017, 60 x 40 inches
Lives and works in Baltimore, MD.
Richmond, VA, 1983
BA University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
MA George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Geoff Robertson is an experimental photographer who is a master of devising constructions involving lights and motors that enable him to shoot surreal and luminous single-exposure photographs. Robertson’s process of combining and choreographing different, oftentimes complex, elements lead to bizarre images that push the boundaries of what can be a photograph without digital alteration. These constructed elements include custom, self-built props and installations, light painting, stroboscopic flashes, and UV lighting on the edge of the visible spectrum. The artist simultaneously controls the process and lets chance play a role. The effect of the strobe light gives the images a staccato look reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp’s light paintings that viewers will mistake for multiple exposure shots. The magic of photography is revealed in works that evoke movement and illusion along with clarity and precision. The pinnacle of Robertson’s intricately orchestrated photographs is rooted firmly in the concept of challenging the viewer to ask, “how is this image even possible?”