Doug Foster

Posted by Fabio 30 April 2012

Doug Foster has long been fascinated by the intricacy of the human visual system and how it can be fooled by optical illusion. In 1981 he built a walk-in film installation for his degree show that used projected imagery and large mirrors to incorporate its viewers into an infinite panorama.

He worked in London for several years, honing his filmmaking skills as a visual effects cameraman, a lighting cameraman and then a commercials director. He filmed all over the world and won some of the top awards in the industry.

In 2006 Foster started using newly available technologies to realise some of his earlier ambitions. He gave up commercials to work full-time on a series of finely crafted, high-definition and stereoscopic digital film installations featuring cyclical narratives.

Some of his pieces explore the lengths that people will go to when faced with serious challenges, while others attempt to beguile at a primal level by imposing perfect symmetry on irregular forms from nature. If there is any common theme it is that each of his works strives to engage the viewer by focusing on one small detail of the human condition.