On The Inside Looking Out

By Ian Varkevisser | November 11, 2020

There is a story that Italian artist and Picasso contemporary Gino Severini willingly gave his broken (and therefore useless) camera to Picasso, who was curious about the odd images it produced. Picasso played with his new toy and ultimately realized that it showed him a new way to paint. Thus cubism was born.

In the initial months of lockdown the country I live in had extreme restrictions. By and large the population were confined to their houses and not allowed to venture out except to shop for essentials. We were basically on the inside of our dwellings looking out onto a largely empty world.

If Picasso were alive today and confined under similar circumstances what might he have painted and found as sources of inspiration ?

Would it be possible to produce a series of images akin to vibrantly coloured cubist paintings I wondered during these idle times of confinement?

Whilst like Picasso I do not have the luxury of a cracked lens and bearing in mind the cost of gear I was reluctant to take a hammer to one of my lenses. I do have a friend who has a slightly damaged lens but it is a canon mount and that is a story for another day.

So the first hurdle I would need to overcome would be to have that fractured look in the images. To achieve this I rigged up a contraption of 3 mirrors taped together into which a wide angle lens could fit or be jammed with the help of rocket blowers. Then the hunt was on to find places in the home into which I could fit the rig.

What follows is a series of images of a cubist’s impressions of items around the house titled from the inside looking out.

The colour palette has been restricted by changing hues. Overall saturation and vibrance in the images have been pushed in an attempt to simulate gaudy acrylics.

Gear Matters: Fuji X-T10 with canon remote release. The initial 4 images in the series were taken with a 16mm focal length producing limited fracturing. The final 4 images were taken with a 10mm focal length creating more fracturing and abstraction.


Tumble dryer


Pot cupboard




Liquor cabinet




Guitar case


Garden tools






Gear matters

Note: This articles was originally published on dearsusan.net

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  1. Lani Edwards on November 13, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    You are an inspiration!
    Please continue pushing the boundaries and showing us mere mortals all that is possible with a camera in hand and a healthy dose of creativity.

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