A lifelong photographer, Pace’s early career focused on commercial work. But as the years progressed, his interest in conceptual photography evolved, creating the style for which he is now renowned. His main challenge when realizing a concept lies in the possibility of its execution: the idea for a photograph usually comes to him in dreams. The dream is then translated into a concept, drawn and painstakingly set up in order to be shot. His images are taken on film, not in digital format, and Photoshop is never used. Each shot can take hours to place and prepare, creating breathtaking results.
Bold and vibrant, the Heads of Engineering represent the diverse applications of engineering and the interplay of genders, cultures and traditions inherent to its larger societal role. At the centre of the series is Earth as master engineer. Flanking this figure are portraits in stone, glass, metal and wood that have been dissected to indicate how knowledge comes through enquiry. Every head was sculpted in its core material using 3D imaging technologies, individually composed in studio, then photographed on celluloid film without any digital enhancement. The stainless steel frames were custom designed to fully integrate into the architecture of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex. The sculpture prototypes will be on permanent display outside the Engineering and Computer Science Dean’s Office.