Influenced by his friend and musician Robert Alfons (otherwise known to many as Trust), photographer Seth Fluker has published "Dressed for Space", as a new exploration of photography and sound through portrait and abstract compositions.
As he describes it as a practical synesthesia, with the recent record "Joyland" played on a continuous loop, Trust's deep, synth-pop melodies were a direct inspiration to Seth's digital manipulation process. "Dressed for Space" creates an interesting encapsulation of one's image, as it relates to an artistic perspective. Published with Art Metropole and released this past week, we spoke with Seth to find out more about how the project came together.
How did this project get started between you and Robert? When did the abstract work come into play?
Our initial contact happened when Robert asked me to shoot his press photos, and asked permission to use one of my photographs for his new album, "Joyland". It was pretty natural. The abstract work had been in progress for the last couple of years, but it all came together once I was listening to his album. I had taken a six month break to work on my previous book, "Earth People", so it was nice to come back to it with fresh eyes.
How do you make the digital compositions?
I make them in Photoshop from photographs that weren’t really put out there, or rather outtakes that didn’t work for one reason or another — specifically trying to find something else that worked for them. I manipulated them a lot using a couple different tools in Photoshop.
Would you say that the abstract images are a form of portraiture as well?
No. The abstracts weren't portraits to begin with — they were mainly photographs from a recent trip to London that I didn’t really like. I’ve tried exploring different avenues with what I can do with digital imagery, because I don’t shoot digital. I thought it would be important to try something with the digital technology that I have at my fingertips.
Is there an aspect to synesthesia to the abstract images?
Yes, definitely. Following the beat allowed me to lose myself mentally, and develop each piece in a trance-like state of mind. This helped me get past previous issues I was having with other ideas and concepts related to the development of a digital influenced body of work. Both forms of photography were developed in the same timeframe, and brought together, and one element that was very beneficial was the music.