The Peoples Art

Only Human

Londoners Giving the Performance

of their Lives

‘Only Human’ is about capturing London citizens on film and canvas, as they stage the flesh & bone, street theater performance of their lives.  This is not scripted drama, its real-life soap opera, but with a deep focus on the complex human interplay of our thoughts, actions and emotions.

Capturing One Perfect Frame of Life

When I look through my camera lens, my focus is to find one perfect frame of life,  just one singular picture that conveys the raw and naked emotion of the human story.  Once I find that frame, that precious life moment, it's immortalized forever in a synthesis of film, music, paint, charcoal, pastel and wooden-board.

Life is composed of moments and emotions

The entirety of our lives consists of a series of moments, where we consciously or subconsciously experience as many as 27 distinct types of complex emotions.  It's only natural, that with each film I produce and every picture I paint, I almost become a part that person, their lives, their drama and their emotion states.  In the year I have worked upon this project,   I have come to love each and everyone of my muses, above all else, they have taught me to realize...
                                                    ...we are all, only human.

This is the Peoples ART & YOU are my Muses

Nine Portraits: Nine Films: Nine Life Moments.

One of my art heroes is Caravaggio, who perfected the dramatic painting technique of darkness an light.   My art has a similar strand, all except i am focused upon capturing the darkness and light of our emotions.   And just like Caravaggio, my muses are from the streets, ordinary people, leading ordinary lives, all existing to breath, live and survive.  Everyday they are experiencing the roller-coaster ride of our lives, traversing through our own deep reservoir of raw human thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

 

Just like a Tragic Shakespearean Play

None of us are exempt, we each recurrently experience life's moments of regret, anxiety, pain, anger, suffering, fatigue, solitude, loneliness, empathy, surprise, entrancement, joy, love and desire.  And just like a tragic Shakespearean play,

our lives are forever composed of these moments.

Captive to our thoughts and emotions
It’s not what we say, it’s often what we don’t say that is having the biggest impact upon our lives.  It’s also said that when we are alone with our thoughts, we are at our most vulnerable.  No matter what your social standing, breeding or lineage, we are all captives to our emotions, our relationships, our jobs, our business, our peers, our politics, our religion, even our aspirations, hopes and dreams.  It can also be said, that we are even considered captives of our very own bodies and personalities.

You are my Muses

Real Life Soap Opera

​YOU... are my Street Muses

YOU are my street muses, filmed live in captivity upon the noisy,

bustling, over-crowded streets of perhaps the greatest metropolis in the world.  The city of London is an eclectic mix of old Dickensian and Victorian streets, now all but submerged by the elegance and ugliness of tall steel, glass-fronted 21st century architecture.


‘Only Human’ to the observer, is real life soap opera, but with a twist,

it's what I like to call an omnipresent street theater for earthly flesh and bone.  But it's really a massive open air stage for emotional citizens, to offer the most surreal and inspiring performances of their lives.

​​                                 "London is the great theater of the world"

                                                                                                   Charles Dickens

Life in Slow-Motion

Magnifying our Every ​Thought and Emotion

As a filmmaker, I truly appreciate the immense power of slow-motion photography.  It magnifies and vocalises our every action, thought and emotion.  We humans can experience up to 27 separate emotions and
I interpreted one person experiencing upward of six different emotions in one filming session.   As i watched, frame-by-frame, second-by-second, minute-by-minute, this person's feelings quite literally travelled from calmness to anxiety, confusion to sadness and horror to pain.

It was quite mind blowing to witness

London Supporting Cast

Magnifying our Every ​Thought and Emotion

Every theater, film and television production ever made,

has to have its supporting cast or walk-on extras. 

And every life lived, literally meets crosses the hundreds of thousands of millions of people of people and many millions more almost pass unnoticed right in front of our eyes.  Each film I have produced incorporates a transient cast ofthousands.

 

Each film I produce has a supporting cast of business people, white collar workers, day trippers and tourists, a multinational cast of walk-ins, bit-players and ephemeral street characters.

The Music

Music that Thoughtfully Compliments the Storytelling

A carefully chosen piece of film music enhances both the mood and atmosphere of the moment, and truly mirrors the mood of what the audience is visually witnessing.  Great music really does something magical to the brain, whether classical, Instrumental, or rhythmic pop music, it seems to create a metaphoric map in our minds and help sensitively colour the perceptions of the the viewer or audience.  I like to think that the music I have chosen, thoughtfully compliments the storytelling and offers meaning to a character’s actions, creating a positive connect towards the subjects thoughts and feelings.  Most of all, I hope it creates the right level of emotional empathy with our own consciousness.

Flesh and Bone Emotion