Photographer Brad Walls takes to the squash court for his next series of concept art
Following on from his Pools From Above and Detached in Harmony series, Walls wanted to draw more inspiration from his fascination with surrealism and geometric art.
In Vacant, the idea was born after visiting a squash court where he used to play in high school. “I was intrigued by the vast empty space and the line drawing of the terrain,” he explains. “I was hooked. As an artist you try to take your work to the next level, find new scenes and test the limits. A 20 square meter box using a drone was the next challenge. I was about to crush me.”
Throughout the series, Walls created a “pure, clinical, retro-futuristic theme”, using white and pops of red to “combat the claustrophobic nature of a squash court”. He deliberately filled the space with as much white as possible, including the model’s wardrobe, to prevent the scenes from becoming too “boxed in”. The wardrobe is used to contrast with the retro 80s nature of the squash court. “I’ve always loved retrofuturism. The tension between the future and the past is intriguing. Films like Gattaca, Blade Runner and Beyond the Black Rainbow were instrumental in my understanding of the genre,” he says.
Much like other Walls projects, the images benefit from a similar choreographic style, opting for static mid-movement poses. “The direction of movement is intended to be artificially detached from the environment,” he adds. “They tell a story, but I don’t want to tell the whole story – I like the idea of seduction in my work.”
The photographs also play on duplicity, symmetry of figures and negative space in what has become a trademark style for Walls. “Geometry provides a clue to coherence in an ever-incoherent world. Innately, humans are drawn to it. Me, maybe more.”
If you like this creative approach, Walls released her first book last October, Pools From Above. It can be pre-ordered at all major bookstores around the world. Find out where to buy at bradscanvas.com.