Nameless Direction Underground, Photographer and Filmmaker, Jack Coleman does not adhere to normalcy and lives a free existence based out of Newport Beach, CA.
Born in the days before digital, almost forgotten now, when there was more of a process to taking a photo. You had to be sure. No instant gratification. Jack has an affinity with this process.
Coleman’s approach to filmmaking Intermixes surfing with ambient going's on, we can hear the ‘click-click’ of the super eight as film speeds through the gears, exposing the emulsion and capturing as yet undisclosed images of what’s going on. I know that sound. Many do or did. Not a new sound, yet it’s one that sets off a chain reaction of emotions. It’s an anchor in the past. Conjuring up images from old. A mental aphrodisiac that evokes childhood past.
It would be an understatement to say that Coleman has a knack for nostalgia and creating his own worlds. His films are a pure visceral experience, leaning heavily on color filters, speed manipulation, and psychedelic soundtracks. It’s clearly a more deliberate art than a simple home video.
“That’s what I love about making super8 surf films that feel like old home movies,” says Coleman. “It’s mostly handheld, so you can create your own spaces and scenes to shoot in quite easy. If I’m in Bali with local Indonesians performing a Hindu ceremony, I can just walk around with my camera and be right in the middle of their world. The equipment I use is much less intimidating than a modern camera, there’s something about hand holding an old camera around that makes people curious and interested. It lets you experience that scene without feeling removed from it. I want to enjoy being in these moments and share them with everyone else. I loved the days of the ‘old’ surf film, a few friends, some film, and a true expression of individuality through surfing, color, sound, and motion. The film carries life, moments to reflect on forever."