You can set out to do a photograph with a clear cut idea in your mind's eye, but it is in the transitional period of the realization where it all happens. There is an unconscious metamorphosis in the creative act which does and must exist. The link or missing link between intention and the realization is always an enigma to me. Marcel Duchamp described it as often being: " … the unexpressed but intended and the unintentionally expressed".
Ian Patrick is an American in Paris, and is now also French.
Born in Salzburg, Austria, to American parents, he grew up and traveled through Europe in his early life. After graduating from Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, he decided to take his chances in the "Big Apple", where he immortalized artists like Andy Warhol or Bob Marley for Rolling Stone, Esquire, G.Q. and the New York Times Magazine. After four years in New York, he discovered Paris, and establishes his studio on the canal Saint-Martin.
In Paris, Ian has worked for many French and Italian magazines like Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair and others doing fashion and portrait work. He has also done many advertising jobs for Lagerfeld, Ray Ban, Fiat, Mercedes, Chanel, Bugari, Christian Lacroix, Rémy Martin, Moët & Chandon ….
He is the auther of 3 books – ARCHAOS – CIRCUS OF CHARACTER, ANONYMOUS HEROES – D-DAY PORTRAITS and LÉVITATION.
Over a 40 year period he has had exhibitions in many cities like New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Bratislava, London, Brusselles, Torino, Edinburg, and Osaka.
The photographes he has chosen for this site are from a series called LEVITATION.
Since the beginning of time, man has created gods and goddesses to glorify and emulate his being and existence. Not one, but many specific divinities for all things deemed sacred.
While photographing my subjects under water, in the cold silence with lack of verbal communication, I experienced a very special connection with my models. They are like an apparition in a buoyant state, lite as a feather, where all the senses are at a peak. Like a winged fish, enraptured by a divine net of light. Time appears to stop in a state of apotheosis. As if in a mother’s womb, a lost symbiosis is found. This is a place where thousands of air bubbles tingle over and around the writhing figures becoming the emanate pearls of nirvana. The figures take on the ethereal forms of the gods and goddesses of our sensual psyche. A very special abode where our imagination can run wild and free, perhaps the realm of the avatar.
My photographic results had a very significant effect on me, one I had never experienced “on dry land” so to speak. Some of the images were like charcoal drawings, many in movement as in ones imagination rather than in a truly “photographic” sense. These images I had created made me reflect on the human imagination and its concept of gods and goddesses. How does a human conceive a supreme being in his minds eye and then make an effigy of “it” to share with others. I did not set out with that intent, but I was pleased with my own imagination in seeing these sensual images as deities.
I have chosen to name most of my photographs after gods and goddesses having to do with water. They are deities of the sea, of rivers, lakes and springs created by the human imagination thousands of years ago.
All the photographs were done on film, underwater, without computer enhancement.