David A. Reeves is a visual artist who plays by an interesting fusion of design and photography, orchestrating an entire series of thematic scenes made out of vignette silhouettes captured and framed in photographic sequence. This series is made entirely of monochromatic cut-paper action forms, employing the use of lighting strobes and depth of field camera settings which directly contribute to the expressive elements in the background, such as blurry clouds and dimly lit spaces.
Reeves’ work has evolved around an eloquent process of putting together several carefully constructed layers which ultimately merge to reveal an accurately directed action vignette scene. As a final result, Reeves’ art seems simple, clean and almost easy. However, his simplified outcomes are the results of very effectively composed scenes achieved through an efficient balance of technical and aesthetic proportions.
The stages Reeves’ sets for his work are various and diverse, but they all fall under the common yet open ended axis of action and movement in some form or the other. Some of his scenes depict an ongoing zombie apocalypse, cowboys brawling and glimpses of batman, while others from the same series portray more sullen, gentle and melancholy themes of lonely wanderers and the faithful departed. Much of the inspiration behind his work comes from video games and action thrillers, such as Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3, Evil Dead and Shadow complex, picking up characters from here and there and placing them in his own carefully crafted backdrops.
David A. Reeves explains what he tries to deliver in his work,
…I wanted to add a bit of my own feeling into it, as well as some humor…sometimes I like just sitting inside and making scenes rather than finding them outside…I wanted to try something with more dynamic action in it.
Birthing this project from a few black and white pieces of finely carved paper along with exemplary play of cinematic depth of field and lighting, David A. Reeves takes blending of the arts to a whole new level of experimentation and creative exploration.