French photographer Eddy De Azevedo’s “Walking My Dog” series is a nod to 20th century abstract expressionist Mark Rothko’s color field paintings.
De Azevedo’s “Walking My Dog” is a four-part series composed of photographs of lighters, as well as bottle caps, plastic bottles, and other materials that were washed ashore and positioned to recreate Rothko’s signature “multiforms.” Rothko started creating such paintings in the mid-1940s. Meanwhile, De Azevedo named his series as such because he collected these items during long walks with his dog.
Here are a few more of De Azevedo’s work juxtaposed with Rothko’s. Rothko’s early multiforms were painted using “bright, vibrant colors, particularly reds and yellows, expressing energy and ecstasy.” Later on, however, Rothko would use “dark blues and greens.” This change was interpreted by his critics as a “representative of a growing darkness within Rothko’s personal life.”
All information in this article were sourced from Junk Culture, Feature Shoot, Wikipedia, and Eddy de Azevedo’s website. See the entire “Walking My Dog” series here. All photos of De Azevedo’s work featured here are all from his website.
Further reading: Color Field on Wikipedia.