Chris Doyle: A Man With God’s Eyes

By: streetdiscrete

Jul 25 2011

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Focal Length:5.8mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Chris Doyle is a cinematographer-auteur best known for his work with the equally amazing Chinese director Wong Kar Wai. Together their aesthetic captures something completely temporal, be it the transitive nature of the modern city or the fleeting emotions of love and lust, and translates it into imagery that will make itself immortal in your mind’s eye.

He is not only an amazing cinematographer but also a writer and photographer. To that end one of my favorite books is his film diary Buenos Aires done while making “Happy Together”. The book itself is about time and change, the temporality of experience, and the struggle to create. If you own a copy of this book consider yourself lucky as it can be difficult to track down. If you are a fan of Wong Kar Wai or Chris Doyle’s work, then do yourself a favor and find this book. If you care about photography, what the medium can accomplish, and how far the medium can be pushed as a visual art, then get this book.

Why am I writing about this then? What Chris Doyle routinely achieves through film and photography is what I hope to achieve in my art someday. I want to be so good or lucky as to capture a fleeting moment, a mood, an emotion and seal it forever in a visual medium. This is my aim for photography. I want to push and pull the limits of the camera, of the photo and capture in that strained space something permanent about human experience. Obviously the thought of achieving this goal is a long way’s off. But for the time being this could be considered a sort of artist statement. Like my version of George Orwell’s Why I Write. And Chris Doyle truly is a man with God’s eyes.

I’m currently listening to Yumeji’s Theme by Shigeru Umebayashi, featured in Wong Kar Wai’s film In the Mood for Love.


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