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For our June Art Crawl, we are presenting the Film & Photography of Portland artist Stuart Eagon. We asked him a few questions to learn more about him and his work.
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I’m curious about life, death, and objects, as they exist in time, before they exist in space. That is, it seems as though we live in sacred time more than we live on sacred space.
I have paired fifteen 35mm prints, which were photographed in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, together with 16mm motion images from the city of Portland.
What drew you to film as a creative medium and how did you learn your craft?
I’ve been drawn to cinema for many years. My brother started using film, instead of digital, for both motion and still photography; shortly after that I followed suit. I learned photography, as a medium, from living life more than from any technical instruction I received from friends. Although, I confess that early on and perhaps it is still the case now, I may have learned to see life and images which I would photograph through the lens of cinematographic images which I admire.
Who has inspired you in your artistic journey?
Influence cannot be denied in any art, but through living I’m hopeful that we’re not dominated or controlled even by the best of artistic influences. I’m particularly thankful for the filmic attempts of Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson & Chris Marker.
I go toward the unknown.Stuart Eagon
I go toward the unknown. I think, for my film Roses, I went into the city because it disconcerted me and I wanted to better understand it. I’m moved by the Spirit which moves inside all of us, not by information and data.
How do you think that your work can serve your community?
I believe Kandinsky and Haydn both said that their role as artists was to “pour light” into the souls of men and women. Photography is a mirror, so as people who live in community, we should hope that it helps us to better see ourselves and the spiritual world in which we live.
What is your ideal vision for the future of your work?
Currently, I’m finishing Roses, a longer essay which was filmed in Portland. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to make a feature film in the coming years.