I am going on an enormous road trip during August, September and October!
Vancouver, BC >> Portland, OR >> Crater Lake, OR >> Craters of the Moon, ID >> Grand Teton, WY >> Yellowstone, WY >> Badlands, SD >> Chicago, IL >> Roller Coasters in Ohio >> Pennsylvania >> New York, NY >> Oh Canada show @ MassMOCA >> Rhode Island >> Some places in New England/Maritimes >> Halifax, NS (art show) >> Cape Breton, NS >> Newfoundland (residency) >> Labrador >> A ghost town, Northern Quebec >> Montreal, QC, >> Toronto, ON >> Unplanned areas along Highway 1 Ontariomanitobasaskatchewanalbertabcawesome >> Vancouver, BC
Landscape Composites is a series of stop-motion projections created by spinning zoetropes, depicting natural landscapes. The zoetropes will contain 4”x5” sheets of colour transparency film that portray gradual changes in the landscape across North America.
I will be shooting these images during a road trip through Canada and the US this summer, from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS. I plan to isolate certain parts of the scenery: the horizon, roads and road signs, both urban and rural. I will shoot these subjects at even intervals over the course of the trip, so as to catalogue the way they change across the continent.
Once the film sheets are placed within the zoetropes, there will be a light in the middle of each zoetrope, which will project the film sheets onto the wall. The spinning zoetropes will make the images blend together, creating looping animations of the changes in the scenery as depicted in each image.
I was on Pender Island last month and shot a few test images on Fuji Velvia film, which I plan to use for the project:
Here is a mock-up of the three images blended together, emulating what they might look like through the spinning zoetrope:
Ella Morton is a Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. Originally from Vancouver, she earned a BFA in photography from Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and an MFA in visual art from York University in Toronto. She has exhibited her work internationally, including solo shows at Viewpoint Gallery and Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Nova Scotia, Photo Center Northwest in Seattle, and Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna. In 2014, she was a finalist in the Untapped Emerging Artists Competition, as part of The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, and her work was also featured in Contact Photography Festival. Upcoming projects include an installation in the inaugural Land Shape festival in North Jutland, Denmark, as well as participation in The Arctic Circle residency in Svalbard, Norway, in 2016.