Photofusion is delighted to present Janelle Lynch’s first UK solo exhibition with River, a series of photographic waterscapes that explores themes of impermanence and loss through historical urban architecture.
The images were made along the Hudson River in Manhattan between Canal and 65th Streets in areas that were part of New York’s once-vital shipping industry and railroad transportation system. They contain remnants of the deteriorated maritime piers, piles that supported the piers, original railroad structures, as well as recent constructions that are part of the new Hudson River Park. Across the river, at the horizon line in some of the photographs, other historical structures can be seen in New Jersey such as the Erie Lackawanna Railroad terminal in Hoboken and the Colgate Clock in Jersey City.
The architectural elements in the photographs conjure history of more than a century ago. A vast cultural shift is implied and the suggestion of evolution and change is imparted.
“The river and the architecture on its shores have been subjects in art and literature for nearly two centuries. In the mid-1850s, photography took the place of artist-produced prints of river scenery as well as natural and cultural landmarks. Some photographers followed the practice of their contemporaries and made images of romantic scenes while a greater movement happened towards documentary and action-based imagery. River continues this tradition while integrating a personal layer of meaning. Though the work examines impermanence through historical urban architecture, it is inspired by experiences related to mortality and individual loss.” Janelle Lynch
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