New York Gold Medal 2011
Sisi Lu graduated in Graphic Design in June 2011 and is now working in London as an independent film, motion and sound designer. He is featured in Creative Review’s September 2011 issue as a ‘one to watch’ from their national graduates review. Following his graduation Sisi has been working on placement with Graphic Thought Facility on a video installation for the V&A.
Since the introduction of digital technology the relationship between camera and photographer has altered dramatically. Speed and accessibility have come at the expense of mystery, intimacy and tactility – qualities exclusive to analogue photography. Initially, and in reaction to this cultural atrophy, I composed a piece of music made entirely from sounds that I had recorded from a collection of antique cameras. Constructed using the digital composition software Reason, this piece carried a strong hip hop feel and seemed to connect past with future technologies. To accompany this track I created a video response that captured traditional, analogue techniques yet also had a strong contemporary theme.
This short film is made entirely with stop motion animation, with over six thousand still photos shot and then edited together. The cameras are literally ‘brought to life’ here, while image composition and lighting is as carefully considered in each video frame as they would be for individual photo shots.