Frozen Light renews the beauty of flowers by changing the way they are viewed; the suspension of the flowers in water and their subsequent freezing shifts them from the familiar to the magical, and restores the marvelous in the commonplace.

In the last month of 2007, a carnation fell against an old window, and overnight froze in the condensation that flowed down the inside of the window. From this simple act of chance, glimpsed the next morning, the images in Frozen Light evolved.

Flowers are one of the most popular photographic subjects – inherently beautiful, brilliantly colourful, and multitudinous. Most photographers have worked with them at one time or other, and as a result, it is challenging to show them in a new way.

As with the work of Dada artists of the 1920s and modern musical composers like John Cage, random chance plays a major role in these images. From the very first step, much of the control usually exercised over a creative process is surrendered; there is no predicting how the ice will form, or how that formation will shape the resulting images. The crystallization of water, the position of the flowers after freezing, the movement of light through the ice, and even the melting process of the ice as it is being photographed, all these random elements help contribute to the final results - images of Frozen Light.

 

View a video on the exhibition and the opening here. A PDF of the show documentation can be downloaded here.

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