Benjamin Portas is an Australian born artist who conjures still and motion imagery through various media. After years of working as a graphic designer within the music and arts world, Portas shifted focus to moving image experiments. In late 2012, he collaborated on several music videos for Canadian bands which led to Portas being asked to create a video trilogy for Hand Drawn Dracula.
The videos for HDD (Dusted, Beliefs, By Divine Right) encompass a theme of insular anxiety against a backdrop of nature. The first two videos, for Dusted and Beliefs, were composed of footage shot in rural Australia. The third, for By Divine Right, contains heavily treated pinhole footage collected in the underpopulated, large land masses of both Canada and Australia.
“Bruises” from Total Dust
Video Released May 9th, 2013.
“Carousel” from Beliefs
Video Released June 1st, 2013.
“Zoomies” from Organized Accidents
Video Released August 1, 2013.