Into the Quiet: Photographs from the Forest by Sam Pelly
Cosa, 7 Ledbury Mews North, London, W11 2AF
14 24 October 2008 (PV's 14 & 18 October)
Sam Pelly has been working as a photographer since finishing his studies at the London College of Printing in 2000. In that time he has worked extensively, photographing for a diverse range of clients. From his documentary coverage of James Blunt's sell-out tour of America, to Royal weddings, architectural commissions in the Middle East, to the children with leukaemia in Russia, his passion, flair and love for his work never fails to shine through.
Pelly is a regular portrait photographer for The Telegraph magazine and his work has featured in numerous publications including Life magazine, Vogue & Tatler. However it is for his personal projects that this young photographer is gaining much recognition and acclaim.
Further to his highly successful solo show âBroken Hearts' in 2005, Into the Quiet, his second solo show, is a collection of hauntingly beautiful photographs exploring the mysterious world of the forest and his passion for trees. Anyone who knows Sam will know that he likes nothing more than to escape the hustle and noise of the city and immerse himself in the quiet and majesty of a great forest where he remains for days, completely cut off from the world outside.
This body of work characterises the internally epic proportions and mystery that the artist feels, when alone and still, surrounded by the unrivalled beauty and immensity of nature and her trees.
"Like the human portraits I capture, trees have a character all of their own. They are solitary or weak, strong or proud. They entwine and mingle or stand alone. Trees are the subconscious of the landscape, they hold ideas as to how we might rescue our lives."
All the images are shot using a large format camera and polaroid film. Pelly then uses a chemical technique, stumbled across by accident, while processing the polaroids negatives. This new technique gives an old appearance which also enhances the wonderful, ethereal and epic quality of this body of work.
For more information and or images see www.cosalondon.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7727 0398
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