In the two major photographic series presented in the Château galleries, the British artist Darren Almond reflects on the notions of time and continuance, and also of memory – individual and historical alike.
In 'Fullmoon', the artist uses landscape as his main subject. Punctuated by continual references to painting (Constable, Turner, Talbot, Friedrich, for example), this series of photographs taken at night and exposed to moonlight for 15 minutes each, delivers a range of unexpected images, all of them astonishing in their luminosity and remarkable poetic power.
The 'Night + Fog' series was taken on the icy plains of northern Siberia. The dozens of photographs which comprise it picture petrified forests, austere charred trees, their shapes standing out on snow-covered landscapes, apparently devoid of any trace of humanity.
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Darren Almond Fullmoon@Yama 2009 C-print
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