After the hiatus of the last few months, this exhibition of black and white photographs of a remote, semi-desert region in Southern Spain, speaks to the appreciation of, and perhaps intensified relationship with, the natural world and suspension of time. Taking inspiration from Roger Caillois’ book of the same name, The Writing of Stones reveals a poetic and philosophical encounter with the earth and its surfaces, where the intersecting narratives of humans and the natural world are writ large in its stones.
This striking body of work is the result of two artist residencies at Joya-AiR, Almeria, Spain in 2019 and 2020. Working daily in quiet solitude she felt as though she “had been walking with the soul of the earth, where the solemnity of these lithic spaces puts the brevity of our human season into context.”
The use of scale and in-camera multi-exposure techniques to layer surfaces of the dried-up fluvial gorge and quarry reveal more than just the stone’s hard surface; it evokes the sublime, and invites an appreciation of landscape as intimate encounter. There is a magnificence in the images that succeeds in communicating the artist’s deep fascination with, and contemplation of, stones.
Gin Rimmington Jones is a photographic artist based in Brighton. She graduated with an MA in Photography from Brighton University in 2018. Her series Somewhere among us a stone is taking notes, which was longlisted for the Jerwood/Photoworks Award, will also be shown as a complement to the main exhibition. She was the winner of the inaugural Metro Imaging/Satori Mentoring Award 2019/20