Gold 2018 / Advertising / Self-Promotion

Fabric On The Dock

  • Prizes
    Gold in Advertising/Self-Promotion
  • Photographer
    Christopher Paul Brown

Fabric on the Dock is a subset of my Radical Play series. Radical play is a simple and direct approach to creating alchemy/art. It bypasses the ego and mind and directly addresses the emotions, the senses and the soul. Katrin Dohse and I shot on a dock adjacent railroad tracks. Play is a natural alchemical process. It allows the opposite poles of openness and intent to inhabit the same space. Ideally these images “tell” different stories to different people. These are never linear stories. Rather, they are subterranean and unconscious, akin to the wordless shards of dreams half-remembered.

Christopher Paul Brown identifies as an alchemist. He also sees himself as a primitive hunter-gatherer rather than a modern urban agrarian. Relying on serendipity and synchronicity in lieu of elaborate planning, he seeks to uncover the unconscious and dimensions beyond the familiar three. Brown’s career has also spanned experimental music and video. He completed a BA in Film in 1980 and his first solo photography show exhibited in 1985.He describes his approach as Radical Play and he employs polar opposites such as intent/openness and obscure/reveal to allow paradox and alchemy.