Geometry, colour, shadow and light make up the abstract perspective of Victor Marillanca’s urban landscapes. His subject matter frequently incorporates existing architectural elements, restructured and forged through the lens into distinctly new compositions. Upon the backdrop of Adelaide, inspiration is drawn from the constantly evolving urban environments he frequents.
Victor’s photographic journey began while studying visual arts throughout high school and college. To further his skill base and develop his photographic practise, he commenced studies at The Centre for Creative Photography where he is currently completing his Diploma in Photography and Photoimaging.
Predominantly using digital processes throughout his studies, he has recently been drawn to elaborate on his creativity through analogue processes using plastic medium-format cameras such as the Holga. This has allowed him to step out of the comfort zone of digital, with the preparation and timing for each shot requiring a more conscious approach.
For quite some time philosophers and scientists have theorised the idea that we live in a multiverse, a theory in which our universe is not alone but part of a group of an infinite number of universes existing parallel to one another. The number of possible particle configurations that form these parallel universes is limited, so with an infinite number of universes these particle arrangements must repeat infinitely many times over. Therefore there would be an infinite number of parallel universes exactly identical to our own, while also ranging infinitely from very subtle changes through to universes that are completely unalike.
With this idea comes the notion that travelling between these worlds could also be possible.
A theme commonly found throughout science fiction is the travel between parallel universes via the use of inter-dimensional portals.
From Turkey’s Gobekli Tepe to Puerta de Hayu Marcain Peru, there are many ancient sites scattered around the globe that consist of stone structures resembling doors or gateways. Along with these sites there is also a deep rooted spiritual history, speaking of gateways enabling access to the gods by transporting beings to another time and space.
This series captures the urban environment reflected from the surface of puddles that lay along the streets of Adelaide’s city. Reflections are transformed through the lens to represent inter-dimensional portals breaking through the ground, unearthing scenes from different worlds that appear almost identical to our own.
Captured on film with a plastic medium format camera, the Holga produces a softly distorted image with a strong vignette, helping accentuate the surreal qualities found throughout this series.
Looking into the portal, the environment is familiar yet somewhat foreign.
As the water evaporates and the puddle slowly disappears, the portal begins absorbing back into the earth, shrinking before completely closing off the view to an alternate reality.
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