Stop motion film is a way to bring to life inanimate objects. It’s totally fascinating, but also an incredibly painstaking process to complete. Brett Foxwell is no stranger to this, and is known for great feats in photographic animation.
In his latest film, titled WoodSwimmer, Foxwell slowly cuts away thin slices from wood. With each slice, he takes a high resolution photograph.
Stitching these together into a stop motion film, he creates mesmerising, hypnotic patterns from the shapes and colours within the wood. The journey through each piece of wood is a rapid, ever-changing one in this animation.
Foxwell is known for other films such as Fabricated, an undertaking that took 10 years to complete and follows the life of a metal dinosaur.
“This is a deep scan of both the material of wood and the time embedded in its structure,” says Foxwell. “It was a challenging technique to perfect, but once I did, I was able to shoot short sequences that move the camera through samples of hardwood, burls and branches.”
The results are beautiful abstracts. “In the twisting growth rings and the swirling rays, a new universe is revealed.”