Jacob Gils – A Danish photographer with international appeal
Jacob Gils is a Danish art photographer who is constantly seeking to challenge the boundaries of traditional photography by incorporating new techniques and angles on familiar motifs.
While he travels the world in his search for motifs, his work always convey a distinctly nordic feel.
He explains about his own work:
”In my ongoing project, MOVEMENT, I strive to give visible shape to the relationship between my own concrete physical movement in the production phase and the established environment or familiar sites chosen as content.
By using my camera as a tool to convey this feeling of flux, I wish to generate engaging interpretations of iconic structures and landscape sceneries. Fragmented, draped and distorted the images offer a dynamic illusion of being on the go – in movement.”
Jacob Gils chooses his motifs, not because of their perfection but because of their character. When photographing treeswhich are an important part of the movement series, he keeps returning to the same sites and subjects, exploring their different angles and their development over time. In this respect his work shares common ground with the impressionist painters, who also explored seriality in their work, aiming for a certain atmosphere rather than a precise likeness.
In Limit to Your Love this sense of seriality is also present, along with his trademark, experimenting approach to technique.
Taking as his point of departure the iconic and timeless subject matter of the beautiful female, he generates engaging photographic interpretations that are organic and sensuous to the eye. The characteristically disrupted appearance of the works results from a technique involving the transfer of Polaroid negatives onto watercolour paper. This analogue process along with the material surface of the paper subjects the images to a degree of deterioration. The tactile, surfaces create a contrast to the traditional idealization of the female figure and make these works come across as emotive statements with natural imperfections.