1 year ago
Djun De Lou - A Berlin Artist from Jonathan Byron on Vimeo.
In June 2012 I had the opportunity to shoot my first short documentary while living in Berlin. My subject was abstract artist, Djun De Lou, who had become a good friend over the 2 years I lived there. The idea was to capture Djun in his creative process of forming a new painting, over 2 days at his studio apartment in Neukölln, Berlin.
As the artist painted new skins on his canvas I attempted to get under the artist’s skin; sometimes Djun was very introspective and reflective, however most of the time he did not talk, instead he let the brush replace his words, descriptions and dialogue. During the painting process he said, “What you see is what you get, but you can never get what you see, so it’s always a contradiction you know”. The subtle complexities of art are exactly that, contradictions for anyone who wishes to pigeon hole it, especially abstract art and especially an artist as original as Djun De Lou.
The documentary was my first effort in film making and this reflects in the rawness of the shots, camera mic used and lighting. It is somewhat rough around the edges but I like that, because I was still learning and experimenting. I kept true to what Djun wanted, including the final cut and even respecting his Mauritius origins by using French titles.
I hope you enjoy an intimate and brief look into the life of a great Berlin artist.