Having seen the picture on the invite I was looking forward to seeing this show in the flesh, what the prints would be like and what sort of scale they had been made at. Make no mistake, seeing work on-line is fine but it is not anything like seeing full scale prints, and the skill involved in getting the pictures out of the camera and onto a wall is very very different to posting some shots up on the web and the prints in this show are beautiful.
Chris Round's photography exhibition of depopulated landscapes urban, rural and industrial have both a clarity and a quietness to them that one would not expect considering the nature of the subjects. A sculptural children's park with slides and wind blown pennants but no children's voices. Red and white speed boats moored in a green pasture, not a drop of water in sight. Alfresco dining, tables and chairs on a breakwater but no diners; and what I am starting to see now, Chris's colour palette, the red the green and the soft blue grey of another overcast sky. One of my friends quipped that Chris had imported "English" lighting for the shot of the slides; I asked him if he had ever tried to photograph stainless steel outside in the middle of the day! It was actually quite a surprise for me to see that these shots had been made all around the world and Chris had brought his own visual sensibility to the composition and the light for each and every landscape no-matter-where-in-the-world his camera took him.
'Evidence' at ARTHERE Project Space until the 22nd of november 2012, links below.
Portraits and Street Fashion shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1.