30 April – 25 May, Alternative Process Exhibition: Gallery 1885
Gallery 1885 and the Camera Club Presents, ALT, an exhibition by Rhod Walls & Catherine Lindsay-Davies
Special private view tea party: Sunday 29th April, 2-3pm
Having met on the Photography PgCert course at Central St.Martin’s, both Rhod and Catherine have been drawn to explore elements of more traditional photographic and hand-printing techniques within their practice, and as such are delighted to be able to show work from recent series together at Gallery 1885 and the Camera Club.
Searching for Serenity by Rhod Walls
‘Searching for Serenity‘ draws upon Rhod’s recent experiences travelling through South-East Asia for a couple of months. Having discovered a new serenity, or an intangible atmosphere of peaceful contemplation, in certain locations there, he has actively tried to reconnect with that emotional space through the calm, quiet, and contemplative space of the darkroom. The images have been hand printed with silver gelatin directly onto wooden boards with decorative borders derived from traditional stencilled embellishments from Wat Xieng Thong (‘Golden Tree Temple’) in Luang Prabang, Laos. The intention was to create individual ‘icons’ to reward quiet reflection.
The images are taken from a variety of locations (predominantly temples and ruins) across Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, but all shared the same almost magical sense of peace and serenity regardless of religious significance of the sites. Trying to reconnect with that through the methodical and almost meditative processes of the darkroom has been a pleasurable and almost spiritual journey and one that hopefully is apparent in the work itself.
Self-Defence, Series of C-type prints by Catherine Lindsay-Davies
Using the physical remains of wartime structures as its subject matter, this series examines the changing relationship of these buildings to the natural landscape.
The structures, from the Napoleonic, First and Second World Wars and the Cold War, all within a two-mile radius of Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast, were constructed to counter an enemy that never arrived. Now, mainly ruined and melting back into the landscape, they still possess a bleakness that reflects their original purpose.
The series was created using basic pinhole cameras constructed from cardboard boxes, lined with photographic paper. The effects of dark room chemicals on the prints highlight the ethereal and menacing quality of the structures.
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