300,000 Photos, Riots, Wildfires & Paintings in Abandoned Houses

When director and artist Jeff Frost had had enough of the direction his life was heading in- failed rock stardom, a two-year bout of depression, and the realization that talent only carries one so far- he decided to start afresh. Getting rid of his apartment, he put everything he owned in storage, and with the help of some friends, embarked upon a nomadic lifestyle.

‘Failure was a huge gift; I worked like a madman when I went back to school for photography. I treated every photo as if it could eventually wind up in my portfolio, and I didn’t wait for the relevant courses to learn technical skills.’

Challenging the western mindset he was brought up in, he began to ponder about the idea of creation and destruction being one and the same. The result was an exploration into a notion, which changed his entire lifestyle. Circle of Abstract Ritual, a collection of haunting time-lapse sequences, consists of 300,000 plus photographs, all shot in high resolution raw on DSLRs.

The film contains no motion graphics; the paranormal images are shown as they really happened.

‘I wish I could come up with a catchy label because I’m really not aware of anything else out there that’s quite like it, but I suppose that’s for the people out there who have a need to put things in boxes labeled with a single word. I don’t worry about that; I just make more art.

Jeff grew up in an extremely rural place where long hikes, exploring Native American ruins and camping under the stars without a tent were long-held family traditions. So when he was shaken out of his depression by a friend’s suicide, it was to nature he returned; getting far away from his house to camp under the dessert stars.

‘When I looked at the stars I felt very small, but that meant that my problems were even smaller. It had a grounding effect. Plus it was fun to stumble around in the moonlight, stoned, yelling at the moon and waving flashlights around in front of the cameras I had borrowed from school.’

Jeff explained to us that creativity and idea generation are not something he ever struggles with, accepting that sometimes you have to execute and work through a terrible idea to get to a good one.

‘At a certain point you’re going to have to jump off a cliff into the unknown. People refer to it as taking a leap of faith. But just getting to the leaping point takes a long hike up the hill.’

His philosophy is to pre visualize and execute as often as possible, in order to allow ideas to keep coming to you.