American photographer Roger Ballen has been living and photographing in South Africa since the late 1970s. His photographs have caused international controversy and debate ever since his book, "Platteland", was published in the 1990s. "Platteland" was filled with raw, direct, disturbing photographs of poor white people in South Africa whose lives had been marginalized by the Apartheid government.
Since that "bombshell" of a photobook hit the scene, Ballen's work has slowly evolved to become much more abstract and introspective (but no less disturbing). His education in psychology, and his background as a working geologist, have informed his work as much as his early childhood exposure to the work of the great Magnum photographers.
Another collage of cave art:: an "hommage" to Werner Herzog for his "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" film, which led me to this new work derived from the Chauvet Cave shown in that film. I hope to make further works about cave art, including some ancient Australian indigenous works. Later!
In 1984 I completed a short film which had four sections or movements, this is the final "movement".
The concept of this film was based upon the title of Marcel Duchamp's painting "Nude Descending Staircase". It arose from discussions with Chris Kennedy, at the time one of my students at Swinburne Film and TV School. The title was so evocative it started an avalanche of images in my mind, so I decided to make an experimental film flowing from that title. I didn't want the film to be known by the same title, so, a bit cheekily I called it "Hey Marcel... "
I was most fortunate to be working with Bill McDonald who created the music for two other films of mine from the same period. Bill gave me his exceptional music for three films which are grouped together under the title Triptych. None of these films would have been possible without Bill's great contribution.