RMIT Lecturer and Saigon based photographer Christian Berg is one of the many artists progressing into the digital art space. With an impressive portfolio and Instagram feed that makes you want to live vicariously through him, Christian is definitely one artist to look out for. Today we are excited to share with you the artwork he created by combining 15 images that was inspired by Mark Your Wall Color Palette #04.
Tell us more about yourself Christian.
I have been working in photography and media production in Vietnam and all over Southeast Asia and beyond since 2008 for a broad range of editorial and commercial clients. These days my main focus is teaching in the Digital Media Program at RMIT Vietnam and I am also currently enrolled as a PhD student in Art with RMIT Australia. In my PhD research I focus on cityscapes of Saigon and how to create them with a combination of Artificial Intelligence and traditional photographic techniques.
In general I have always been interested in urban and cityscape photography and I recently had an online exhibition named "City", sponsored by the Goethe Institute here in Saigon, which is also planned to be a physical exhibit later this year. It will feature black and white cityscapes and street photography I have shot around Asia and Europe before the pandemic.
In what way has art helped you thrive?
Oh, in so many ways. I think for me one of the core fascinations about photography was always the ability to freeze time and memories. As a documentary photographer and photojournalist, it means I can create documents that witness a certain point in history. With a camera in our hand we can read between the lines of reality and show fleeting moments that not everyone might have seen. It is a bit like magic. At least I like to romanticize it that way.
But of course, art is much more. It helps me to reflect on my own life, to express myself and my emotions, as well as it helps me to tell stories I feel worthy to share with the world (or sometimes keep to myself).
How did Mark Your Wall’s Color Palette #04 inspire your creation?
I got quite excited when I saw the color palette. I am actually at the moment teaching a course in Digital Color at RMIT and I have been talking a lot with my students about how certain colors convey certain emotions.
Of course everyone might interpret them differently depending on their own experience and background. For me this set of colours ranging from peachy to pink tones and a bit beyond convey feelings of almost nostalgia and warm summer evenings. The asphalt in the city still smelling of the day's heat.
The photographic artwork I created is a multilayered cityscape of Saigon combining 15 images of different locations of the city. Together with the applied color palette I aim to capture the spirit of a timeless and nostalgic late afternoon in Saigon.
I also put together a playlist on Spotify inspired by the palette and to go together with the image. These are all electronic tunes and I think a perfect sunset playlist...
Thank you Christian!
Further reading here:
City Exhibition: www.city-exhibition.city
NFT's on OpenSea: https://opensea.io/collection/christianberg-city
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