Both a filmmaker and photographer, Russell Houghten’s work exhibits the remarkable dynamism of human and natural life through his imaginative use of camera techniques. Landscapes, whether urban or natural, are given an exciting character and vitality through his remarkable camerawork.
In fact Houghten’s enjoyment of the extreme becomes pretty apparent when you experience his application of camera techniques. Vivid colours, canted angles and sharply defined images become a trademark visual style throughout that makes his work stand out from others, often managing to turn banal or ordinary situations into cinematic moments. His skate shorts in particular stand as a refreshing alternative from the more tired and typical montage-style skate films that have become ala mode in recent years.
Aside from skate films, a 4 minute short titled Signs of Life is an example of Houghten’s ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. In this piece a derelict landscape becomes sinister and highly atmospheric, loaded with the potential for supernatural happenings. Shot in a frame of panoramic dimensions, the incredible wide angle panning shots and eerie music create an atmosphere more familiar in epic, big-budget disaster movies.
Another signature stamp of Houghten’s is the use of stop-motion and timelapse footage that captures movement to dramatic effect. Whether it be the luminous lights of traffic speeding by or the turning of the earth, tracked by swirl of stars in the sky, Haughten’s unique cinematic vision captures their beauty, shape and pattern in an intensely vibrant spectacle.