Paul David Redfern

Time that escapes us, that chases us, that we pursue. Time that runs, rarely walks, passes quickly, never passes. The time that - according to a proper rhythm, different for each and every phase of life - proceeds. And it proceeds anyway, regardless of our will and our being ready for what it will bring. We can not stop it except in an image that will perhaps be able to give us back the emotions that have accompanied it. And to succeed, even now that we are overwhelmed by the internet, mobile phones, smart phones, ipad, and even now, to be able to hold back we must resort to an "ancient" tool like the camera. Because even if compared to only ten, five or two years ago, the models and potential of cameras are different and constantly evolving, the basic principle remains the same: press a button (today simply touch it) to hear that precious click. The moment that separates the flow of existence from its imperishable memory. Accompanying cell phones, today life seems to know an expansion of moments to be immortalized and shared. But this complicity guaranteed by technology risks trivializing the moment and the medium used, almost endorsing the thesis of those who interpret photography as the art of series b, a conviction born from the idea that both the machine and not the artist to conceive and that seems to be supported by the parsimony with which the photographic exhibitions are musealized, finding rather space in places not assigned to art such as public places, cellars, some private galleries. "The time of a click" goes against the current. Like the object to which it is dedicated - photography, in fact, wants to eternal precise moments, so the exhibition intends to elevate some authors and their works from the visual chaos that surrounds us with the artistic quality of their work that, although sanctioned by the set up in a museum, is not certified by this location but by the methods of realization of these images, works for which the click is only the starting point, and perhaps it is also the less exciting. While in fact for amateur photographers shooting is the landing of an emotion, for Paul David Redfern the shot is just the beginning: the beginning of an artistic adventure, of a constant test to test the technical capabilities of the chosen procedure and the communicativeness of what has been immortalized. And the emotion, with that click prepared, studied, meditated, does not stop: rather, it begins to free itself. Individual stories that can be transformed into one, continuous narration are the Photomorfosi by Paul David Redfern. Inserted in the cycle "Portraits of the soul" to which the author works since 2010, these works presuppose the intellectual and emotional closeness between the author and the model. It is only by knowing the character, the passions, the world in which the protagonists of his shots move that the artist manages to surround them with fragments of their daily life, immortalized individually in photographs that are subsequently superimposed and finally reworked to the computer in order to simulate the pictorial effect. The actual instantaneousness of the click expands in the long post-production process that allows the previous experience of Redfern in the world of graphics and collage to emerge in a clear way. Similar to advertising panels, these works are the best means of communicating that photography is not something fleeting and light: it is Art that implies and tempera dexterity and concept.

"Photomorfosi - Ritratti dell'anima"
Critic, The time of 1 clic! Civic Museum of Territory, Corm˛ns (GO) - (catalog)

Paul David Redfern's AutoGallery exhibit

Paul David Redfern's website