Olaf Breuning discussed his past work and previewed his new film last week to a packed audience at 5th Ave Cinemas on the campus of Portland State University. The sketchnotes above capture some of what came up during his talk.
A recurring theme throughout the night was how the medium in which you work significantly affects your approach to a project. That thread of conversation began while Breuning showed us some of his photography work. As a student of photography, Breuning is well-versed the history of that art form. But considering the length of that history, Breuning posed the question: Is it even possible to make pioneering work in 2012? In his most recent photographic work, Breuning remixed well-known pieces of art to create something his own.
In contrast to his extensive study and experience with photography, Breuning is a relative blank slate when it comes to film. That lack of a framework is part of the reason for the uniqueness of his documentary-style films Home 1, Home 2, and Home 3.
Breuning encourages experimentation with different mediums, largely because of the transfer that can occur from one medium to the next. This is exemplified in his sculpture work The Humans, which started out as a small simple drawing.
As I think about my own graphic recording work, I too have found value in varying the medium in which I work. To learn more about how I use that variation, check out an article that I wrote about my experiments with different mediums for graphic recording.