An exhibition of contemporary Landscape photography.
Simon Roberts' large format photographs could be described as investigative social landscapes. His 'Motherland' project is an intimate and upbeat account of the places he visited and the people he met during a year long trek across Russia in 2004. Simon's work is held in many major public and private collections, including the Deutsche Börse Art Collection. His books Motherland and We English were published by Chris Boot in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and he was recently commissioned as the official election photographer by The House of Commons.
Following a series of trips to Iceland during different seasons, Tamany Baker produced 'Dark Light' a collection of photographs which resulted in a book of the same name. These images 'explore the extremes of season... and the relationship between the physical and the psychological landscape.' The resulting images were exhibited in Reykjavik City Hall in 2007. Tamany lectures at The University of the West of England, and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.
Jan Töve is a freelance photographer and writer based in Sweden. His series of images 'R40' show
'Old Route 40, slumbering in the shade of the free-way.' We are also fortunate to be able to show a print from Jan's upcoming book 'Silent Landscape.' He has had three other books published, and has won many awards, such as Scandinavian Nature Photographer of the Year in 2004.
Christina Z. Anderson's series 'The Altered Landscape' concerns 'the intersection of human and landscape' and plays out a narrative, a tragicomedy of human traces and scars on the natural landscape. Christina uses alternative processes such as gum bichromate and mordançage, to extraordinary effect. She has authored three books, and is Assistant Professor of Photography at Montana State University where she teaches alternative processes.
Influenced by the writing of Marshall Mcluhan and the early photography of Alfred Stieglitz, Jo Seong Hee created her 'Invisible Cities' a series of 'fictional' cityscapes realized by combining individual photographs. The resulting aesthetic utopia works to great effect, and puts one in mind of the imagery in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Jo graduated with an M.A in photography from London Met in 2009 and has since been exhibiting around the UK.
During the making of 'Light After Dark' Toby Smith visited every power station in England at night; a hugely ambitious project with stunning results; he is now taking this further with his 'renewables project' looking at sustainable alternatives. Toby recently exhibited the renewables project at the print space in London, and has since taken this exhibition to Canada. He won AOP Student Photographer of the Year in 2007.
This exhibition will also feature a video work from the London based, Swedish born artist Emma Wieslander. Emma's piece for this exhibition 'Glacier 60000' looks at the process of information loss of a digital file through repetitiously opening and saving. A beautiful landscape is slowly broken down and destroyed until almost all of the information is lost and becomes an 'abstract almost map-like image'. A photograph of a real landscape becomes a digital landscape. Emma has exhibited globally, and will be putting together a solo exhibition at The Photo Gallery in January.
Landscape follows 'Portrait' as the second in a series of four exhibitions which will examine contemporary photographic practice.
'Landscape' will be showing at The Photo Gallery until Wednesday November 17th, and will open with a preview night on Friday November 5th at 6:30pm.