Despite hailing from tech hub of Cupertino, Los Angeles-based photographer Dustin Adam’s work devoids of any digital intervention, rather, he experiments with the unpredictability of light as a catalyst for interesting results. The photographer looks to the desolate landscapes of Southern California and road trips with friends as subjects, shooting with film before placing the roll in a homemade box that’s lined with holographic paper at the bottom and punctured holes at the top to receive light. Colored light bulbs are then used in the dark room process which helps create a unique blemish when the rays hit the film.The unpredictable result gives each image a tranquil, dream-like filter. As an ode to ongoing environmental issues, his photographs visually glorify the natural terrains around him, documenting them in praise. “Just like film, the future of our landscapes are in danger of being nothing but a memory. Global warming, overpopulation and urban sprawl will all eventually take over a solid chunk of our natural landscapes,” said Adams. The exhibition will showcase work from his vast archive and new photos taken in Hong Kong. Read below for a quick interview before the opening on Friday with VICTORIA and Liu Araki.
VICTORIA "Psych Blues" Exhibition + Product Launch Opening: March 2, February 2018 @ J-01 Gallery
When and how did your interest in photography begin?
I bought my first 35mm camera when I was 13 years old to take photos of my friends skateboarding. I had already been filming them with a video camera, but having still photos to look at always seemed nice.
If you had to explain your work to a stranger, what would you say?
I shoot mostly landscapes on an experimental film that I expose to different colored lights to create a dream-like feel. I'm interested in making photos that feel comfortable and allow you to escape reality, and the combination of landscape and experimental film is the best way I've found to do that.
Why film instead of digital?
My entire process relies on film. I think you might be able to mimic what I do digitally, but it would take a huge chunk out of what makes my work interesting, and also completely eliminate the erratic results you get when experimenting with film.
What do you do when you’re not working on your art?
Honestly, not a lot. Three years ago I started selling the experimental film I make under the name Psychedelic Blues, and if I'm not shooting personal stuff, then I'm most likely working on a new film process for the company. I do occasionally skateboard, go hiking, maybe get coffee or food with a friend.
If you were a drink, what drink would you be?
Camomile tea with rosewater, cardamom, honey, and lemon.
What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on?
The Psychedelic Blues projects is an ongoing thing that I plan of producing more films for. Im also working on making stronger landscapes, as well as expanding into portraiture and possibly fashion. I want to have at least 50 new photos to start showing next year.