Malcolm Leyland applies the painter’s process to the art of photography.
Experience is a continuum, to ‘capture the moment’ is a limited mode in representing it. Leyland cuts, pastes, layers and composes images in order to reclaim some of the contemplative headspace enjoyed by artists working with mutable media.
‘As I move around the scene taking photos I’m making several decisions each time, and capturing them. Then in the studio I am reassembling them to make a relatively cohesive object but reordering the time sequence within the scene, shot by shot, as a painter may do. The final picture may or may not resemble the scene, it becomes a reconstruction of the scene or object.
When I put the shots together I look for visual connections it terms of line or idea but which inevitably results in a new dynamic.’
– Leyland, interviewed by Kailas Elmer in Trebuchet.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. – Aristotle