Morning, Noon, and Night

March 13th, 2020

Artist of the Month:

Charles Caesar

“My imagery represents three parts of a day; morning, noon, and night. It’s difficult to choose a favorite among the three as each contributes it’s own energies towards the piece as a whole.” Charles Caesar is the March 2020 Artist of the Month at Skyframe and you can stop by our NYC showroom Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) to catch more of his work in person!

When capturing a moment, is this a more intuitive and reactionary process or is this planned?

Intuition is always involved in my photography process, whether the image is planned in advance or taken spontaneously. Whether I’m on set with a glam squad and team of models or simply passing a beautiful face on the street I always trust my gut on when to click the shutter.

What is your ultimate goal when capturing the attention of an audience?

I want my audience to spend time with a piece and allow themselves to find new details and references coded within the images. Many nuanced works of art are glossed over or lost in the shuffle of “content”; my hope is that my work will captivate audiences long past their initial viewing. It’s also paramount to my practice that viewers see facets of themselves or culture that make them feel seen and constructively represented.

How do your piece reflect society’s moods?

My piece functions as a reflection of my own attitude towards the consumption of Earth’s renewable and nonrenewable resources as well as the human condition of just trying to enjoy the miracle of life while everything around seems a bit chaotic. It’s also a statement on how the Earth will likely live on long past the age of human existence and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Biggest inspo artist? What’s a piece that’s hit the hardest?

Right now I am greatly drawn to the work of photographer Alvin Baltrop. His image Self-portrait (looking away), 1975–86 is a rare look at the artist himself through his own lens. His imagery is all around mysterious, delightfully seedy, sexy, and deeply thought-provoking. My maternal grandfather was also a practicing photographer and I’m constantly inspired by his vast archive of our family’s history across many decades.