Thursday 21 May 2020

Jean-Luc Mylayne

Upon acquiring the catalogue of Jean-Luc Mylayne's first museum exhibition, I was reminded of how I was immediately struck by the complexity of his work. This was in stark contrast with the reaction of the people I was with, who called them 'those pictures of the birds'.

Our difference in reaction can be explained by understanding that what they saw was this:

And what I saw was this:
'I invented my own technique that permits me to see the bird clearly, sharply, and also to show parts of the landscape in various degrees of clarity. It is very complicated, and I've been working on it for thirty years. I start with a standard-focus lens, and then put the other lenses over it. These lenses allow me to change the positions of the planes in front of me -the foreground, middle ground, and far distance- to have several diffrent focal points on one image. [...] The lenses can turn in the camera, so I can be in the same place but have different points of view, different points of focus. You can see that the focus I get from the lens is not the same as reality, or the way the eye perceives perspective and distance.'