For a while, I was uninterested in photography. I was preoccupied with a new-found love of in videography. Essentially, I was blinded by the glitz and glamour of moving pictures that I stopped photographing for a while.
I was bored because I kept taking the same picture. There was no skill involved and all my actions seemed routine. There was something wrong with me!
I was working in the warehouses of Annacis Island when I was reminded of Pablo Picasso’s great works of art. At that second in time something sparked within my brain. I was remembering a fading memory from my travels when I stood in front of “Guernica” for 20 minutes trying to understand the horror and mass destruction inflicted on that small Basque town in 1937.
Picasso was a genius for painting such an impressive masterpiece.
Then it hit me. It was time I experimented with photography and tried my hand at cubism.
I tried to photograph Granville Street at night and create a cubist rendition but that attempted was far too ambitious for someone just experimenting in this field.
I had to start small and focus on the simplicity of the subject. But what should my subject be?
And then Helmut Grinley suggested dice.
It was a subject so easy and so small that it would seem easy to capture the essence of a pair of dice.
Five hours later ‘The Student’s Kitchen Table’ was born.