|Brian Belefant Interview|
| Background information about Brian Belefant:
After getting early
parole from film school, Brian Belefant started shooting
commercials. He won lots of awards, mostly for public service
announcements that he'd directed as personal projects for
things he cared about. A gun safety spot he shot was even
inducted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern
Art in New York.
Brian loves ideas. He's always looking for ways to
challenge conventional thinking. Two years ago, Brian invented
an entirely new camera filtration system, something that gives
his film an ethereal, otherworldly look. He's spent the past
two years testing the system, both on still and motion picture
film, and last October he filed for a patent on it.
He is constantly looking for the right projects to work on.
Projects that use that part of his brain that sees things a
little off-center. They don't have to be film or writing or
photographic projects. They just have to require innovation
and maybe a little subversion.
Statement: [Brian] tried selling out, but it just didn't
take. So a few years ago, he wandered into the desert in
search of his truth. When he came out, he invented an entirely
new camera filtration system, shot several short films, and
rediscovered his writing-his latest screenplay was just named
a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project..
Mia: Brian, I must admit, I am not familiar with any of
your work other than your photography on Pixiport. But it
helps to know that I never watch television, seldom see movies
since most of my time is spent on the Internet. However,
perusing through your website, having read as much information
as I can about you, your beliefs, and studying your
photography, I am able to visualize at least a two-dimensional
picture of you.
My impression of you is that you avoid being defined; i.e.,
being predictable and coming across as a boring elitist.
Brian: I love that comment. I suppose I do. But I think I
might phrase the notion differently. I want to surprise. That
has more of a positive connotation.
| "ACCIDENTS ONLY" was the sign on Taylor Hospital in
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, where I was born July 6th 1932. And
life has all been accidental since then. Nothing ever went as
planned and it never was how it should have been. I'll never
know how it could have been.
Dragged up in the streets of Manhattan, Music & Art
High School, Art Students League during the forties. Maryland
Institute of Fine Art education interrupted by Korean War.
Hung out in Paris on the GI Bill, studying French wine and
women in a Cafe culture from 1955 to 1960. Had a room in the
not-then-beat-Hotel and spent years of flight time with Allen
Ginsberg, William Burroughs and especially Gregory Corso, who
were cuppa-flour neighbors. Photographs of this period were in
1997 show sponsored by the City of Paris "That Was Paris
During the Fifties" and consequential book.
Turned on in Venice Beach during the early sixties and
tuned into San Francisco during the late sixties. Dropped out
to Puerto Rico for twenty years where I built my own house on
6 acres of lush land overlooking the Caribbean. Now I live in
Sunrise Florida. My fine art approach to photography can be
seen in the collections of:
La Bibliotheque National de France, La Bibliotheque
Historique de la Ville de Paris, La Musee Francaise de la
Photographie, La Musee Carnavalet and the Centre Pompidu in
Paris. Over one million people viewed one man exhibition
"Around the World" at the Carrousel du musee du Louvre during
July-August 1995. Participated in 1996 Celebrity Portrait Show
at New York's Danziger Gallery with Portraits of Allen and
Gregory. Rewarded by French government for a series of digital
pictures "Monuments of Memory" commemorating the 85th
anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending world war
one. Scheduled for one-man show at the San Luis Obisbo Art
Center in California in 2004.
For me, Digital photography and printing is the greatest
technologic advancement for artists since the invention of
canvas and oil paints. The image is the thing and the craft of
getting that imagine is just that, a craft, to be mastered.
The concept of sitting in one's home with a creative mind in
front of a blank screen and printing out the product of that
mind without the need of intermediaries is true creative
Graham's new gallery on Pixiport
"Death In The
Eating Out Alone While some manage do it
with panache, most people feel uncomfortable about eating in a
restaurant alone. There is something in the mind of the diner,
that makes him feel he is signaling that he is friendless,
someone not worthy of breaking bread with.
Of course, many feel perfectly comfortable eating out
alone, some probably prefer it. Others, as the gentleman in
the first image, may look at it as a respite from a busy
world, a time to catch up on paperwork or study, a time for
reflection, or nowadays, a time to make those telephone calls
that a hectic day does not otherwise not allow for.
There is another group, those that are alone, perhaps
friendless, whose decision to dine by themselves is made by
circumstance, not choice. These people, are often elderly and
because of the life span differential between men and women,
are disproportionately female. South Florida is a haven for
the widowed and therefore, it is typical to see a woman,
dining alone, most often in relatively inexpensive
Because of the nature of how I make my images, the picture
of the woman above, as with most of my images, did not allow
me to inquire as to her marital state, let alone her
motivation or feelings on eating alone. It is the nature of
the work I do. A glimpse and the press of the shutter. There
is no communication and almost never any eye contact. However,
when exposing the image, and to a greater extent, after
reflecting on the final print, I allow myself to speculate on
the meaning of what I have captured, and in this case, the
woman's state of mind. Even if I am wrong about what she is
thinking or feeling, to me, and hopefully to others who view
the image, she is representative of that which I intend the
image to evoke. That is what I enjoy about Street Photography.
| Since I was a small child I have had an enormous
passion for photography. Perhaps it started with my mother
taking me to be photographed at a very young age, I don't
remember. The fascination may have begun a little later in
life at the age of 7 or 8 when my grandmother gave me my first
camera, one of the early Polaroid models. Whenever it began,
the passion has been with me my entire life and grows deeper
with age. I find enormous satisfaction and relaxation in my
photography both as a professional and as an artist.
My professional career started at 28 years of age when I
started taking courses in Black and White photography. I built
my own dark room and spent hours working on my photos. Later I
learned how to develop and print from color slides. This led
me to spend even more time in my dark room.
I reached a point where I realized that I wanted to take my
art to a higher level. I had met the female model of my dreams
in High School, and married her at the age of 18. We soon had
a son and I had three mouths to feed. I was not able to become
a full time student, so I enrolled in The New York Institute
|Photo Of The Month|
|Photo Of The Month Winner is Brian Belefant with his
image "Bird In Flight". Congratulations Brian!
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