Esther Teichmann’s photographs – actually more of an installation using mainly photographs – are on display at Flowers Kingsland Road, London until 10 May 2014. The images are somewhat dark and the meaning obscure so displaying them in the upstairs space with its smaller area, lack of natural daylight and lower ceiling height is very appropriate.
Large manipulated overlapping images give a surreal quality to Esther Teichmann’s exhibition
Although the images are recognisably of places or people or shells, they are altered to give them an other-worldliness. They are then overlapped or juxtapositioned to produce a surreal effect as if we have been transported to a dream-world which Teichmann is exploring both physically but more importantly, emotionally and with a strong feminine theme. A central display of coral, wood and one of my all-time favourite books “The Shell: Five Hundred Million Years of Inspired Design” points out that we air-breathing creatures can still explore an underwater world in our imaginations, where physical limitations can be overcome.
Part of the Esther Teichmann show at Flowers Kingsland Road, London
At first I found Teichmann’s show perplexing, as if it was in another dimension that I wasn’t part of, but as I looked around (several times) I found myself becoming more involved in her exploration. Once I mentally released myself into this different, parallel world I enjoyed it. Thank you, Esther, for being my guide even though you weren’t there!
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Mona Kuhn’s large-scale photographs occupy the downstairs gallery at Flowers Kingsland Road until 10 May 2014. This is a large, well-lit space that is appropriate to Kuhn’s light and airy images set in the vacation residence Acido Dorado (trans: Golden Acid), situated in the desert near Joshua Tree, California, USA.
a wall of semi-abstract images by Mona Kuhn
There are two types of image: interestingly complex nude studies (for which she is best known) of Kuhn’s friend and model; and abstract images of the property itself. Although all the images have a beautiful light touch, it was the abstracts that particularly intrigued me. Some rippled slightly as if seen through a heat haze or refracted through water while others were barely recognisable, being abstracted beyond the time and space in which they were photographed giving some a passing resemblance to aerial photographs.
4 of Mona Kuhn’s abstract images
A terrific set of images that are well worth seeing!
If, like me, you are a fan of the square format, check out this on-line quarterly magazine: http://www.squaremag.org/
The excellent Square magazine
Even if you are not a fan, check it out anyway – the standard of photography is very good!
You will need one of these film holders to use the proposed new pos/neg instant film
If you own a 5×4″ camera and Polaroid 545 back you will be interested to hear about a project to develop a replacement for the much-lamented black & white positive+negative film, type 55.
Bob Crowley in the USA is working on this and has a Kickstarter project to raise some capital. Do consider helping him out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bobcrowley/new55-film
I’ve passed this lone cone many times but never stopped to photograph it until the countryside turned yellow with flowering rape. Then this cone suddenly acquired a context as if it was a king leading an army…
This cone took on a new meaning when the rape flowered