“Story of Abstract Ritual”: Jeff Frost’s Journey into a Nomadic Lifestyle

by Keith Alvendia1 Comment

Last time we checked in with California photographer, Jeff Frost, he was in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for a time lapse and stop motion film called, Modern Ruin (now called Circle of Abstract Ritual). Modern Ruin features time lapse footage of riots, the Milky Way, and even optical illusions painted inside abandoned buildings. We're including that below.

Since then, his campaign has funded and he’s become homeless.

Rumor has it he’s been working like a madman in the deserts of southern California doing large-scale stop motion shoots with inverted Joshua Trees (courtesy of sculptor, Steve Shigley).

His new film is the incredible story of a labor intensive shoot where volunteers dragged full size Joshua Trees through the desert dust until 5am, several nights in a row. It serves as a preview of greater things to come and tells the story of Jeff’s journey into the nomadic lifestyle.

We covered Jeff Frost's successful Kickstarter campaign a good bit ago: “Modern Ruin”: Jeff Frost combines timelapse with news and optical illusions to make fantastic art!

Story of Abstract Ritual

A behind the scenes preview of a new film by Jeff Frost, The Circle of Abstract Ritual (formerly Modern Ruin). Out Sunday, March 2nd, 2014.

Stills from “Story of Abstract Ritual”

"Story of Abstract Ritual" by Jeff Frost

Inverted Joshua Trees (courtesy of sculptor, Steve Shigley) from “Story of Abstract Ritual” by Jeff Frost

"Story of Abstract Ritual" by Jeff Frost

Capturing the Milky Way from “Story of Abstract Ritual” by Jeff Frost

"Story of Abstract Ritual" by Jeff Frost

“Story of Abstract Ritual” by Jeff Frost

"Story of Abstract Ritual" by Jeff Frost

“Story of Abstract Ritual” by Jeff Frost

"Story of Abstract Ritual" by Jeff Frost

Inverted Joshua Trees (courtesy of sculptor, Steve Shigley) from “Story of Abstract Ritual” by Jeff Frost

"Story of Abstract Ritual" by Jeff Frost

Inverted Joshua Trees (courtesy of sculptor, Steve Shigley) from “Story of Abstract Ritual” by Jeff Frost

Check out Jeff Frost's video “Modern Ruin: Black Hole”

Description

An extended preview of a film constructed from 150,000 photographs that combines time lapse footage of riots, optical illusion paintings and stars. Modern Ruin is a contemplation of the idea that creation and destruction is the same thing. In the same way that you, life itself and even the laws of the universe are deeply paradoxical, so too are the realities pieced together to form this non-reality.
Every event depicted in Modern Ruin happened in naked reality, from the riots, to the optical-illusion paintings.

NOTES:
All of my films are accompanied by still portfolios and outtakes culled from thousands of photographs shot for the film. They are designed not just to reflect the artwork in the film, but to add another dimension to it. They can be found on my website: jeff-frost.com

Riots – I would like to be clear that the riots in this film, which began right outside my front door, were set in motion when the Anaheim police department shot and killed an unarmed man last summer. When the residents of my neighborhood began protesting they showed up and shot into the crowd with rubber bullets, threw tear gas and released a K9 unit, which mauled one man’s arm. They would later say that releasing the dog was accidental. There’s quite a bit more to the story obviously, but I want to make sure that it’s well understood that the footage in this film is not meant to be consumed as a factual news item. It’s definitely taken out of the context of reality and used in another. It’s making art out of news.

(cover photo credit: snap from Jeff Frost)