NOWHERE NEAR HERE
If life is a catwalk, run like a dog.
'Nowhere Near Here' is a stop motion animation that uses a combination of light with stencils and long exposure photography to tell the story of a dog running around the city at night, doing whatever a dog does. The animation was first exhibited at the The Herbert, in Coventry, on the 7th October 2010.
This film involved well over 300 hours of production, which includes cutting and constructuing 200 stencils to illuminate my characters to life. Through the course of shooting ‘Nowhere Near Here’, I had to deal with curious drunks, a dog almost peeing on the camera (the irony is not lost on me, haha), the endlessly suspicious police and even someone nearly running off with a tripod.
It was really fun to be able to get ‘away’ from the walls and have my little dog and cat (and birds) run around the city, no longer constrained by paintable walls. There is also something beautiful about the way the characters glow, knowing they only appeared in the city for a brief flash. With that said, all street art is transient and never permanent; it is in a state of flux. Or, in this case, a state of lux.
A few months after releasing this film online, I produced a set of giclee prints using stills taken from ‘Nowhere Near Here’. You can place your cursor over any of the images to find out the title of a piece.