Monthly Archives: August 2014

COMING UP: WIDE EYED

With almost unlimited access to celebrities through the internet, reality television and social media, we would have thought that we would be getting fed up of the constant updates. Yet, it remains quite the opposite and our curiosity for an unseen glimpse behind the scenes is stronger than ever.

British Photographer Sarah Dunn has taken the idea of being behind the scenes to the next level with a Japanese Widelux panoramic camera. During her career as a professional photographer, Dunn has captured some of the biggest names in Hollywood from Keira Knightley to almost the entire cast of the Harry Potter series.

‘I started shooting my own BTS images with an old Contax camera; because I was working with so many actors I thought it would be fun to go cinematic. The Widelux frame is similar to cinemascope and has a moving lens so I could kill two passions in one fell swoop, photography and film-making.’

Wide Eyed exhibits panoramic and candid shots of actors including Skyfall’s Berenice Marlohe relaxing between shoots, to Lord of The Rings hobbits sharing a bottle of whisky. Not only satisfying our craving for a peek behind the camera, Dunn perfectly captures the natural characters of her subjects, creating a truly unmissable exhibition.

Here are a few of Dunn’s personal favourites from the series:

1. Ewan McGregor, Los Angeles, 2002

‘Ewan and I were having dinner in LA, and I mentioned I’d just bought a camera, my first Widelux. So he invited me on to his film set the next day to try it out – he was shooting Down with Love with Renée Zellweger. This was my first, and still my favourite, shot on the Widelux.’

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2. Rosamund Pike, London, 2013

‘We were in a spooky house in east London. Rosamund sat down for a drink of water and suddenly it was so chic and glamorous. The Widelux is an amazing tool for recording the chaos around the calm.’

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3. Dominic Cooper, London, 2011

‘I shot this during Movie-Con, a fan convention at the London O2. I was literally set up in a broom cupboard; the camera makes the room look enormous. Dominic is always fun and easy to work with.’

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Wide Eyed will be exhibiting at The Strand Gallery from 2nd-6th September 2014, 11am – 6pm

 

SPOTLIGHT: Dario Srbic

Dario Srbic is the winner of the Photographic Angle award this year and is perhaps one of the most thought provoking photographers to have graduated from Central Saint Martins. His work has already featured in two exhibitions this year, and we’re sure that by the time he graduates he’ll have more than just degree shows to worry about.

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His body of work entitled ‘n-1’ is currently featuring at The Bargehouse, London and presents prints that are as cold as the warehouse they reside at. The series is unnervingly calculated with thin, metallic strips repeating in a linear sequence that as an audience, we cannot decipher the meaning of. At first glance the large scale works are almost reminiscent of a circuit board with a structure based on simple geometry. However it speaks a language that is not on a human frequency, with a rhythm that is mechanical and constructed. When staring at them our eyes cannot latch onto the sequence causing the compositions to blur our vision, in turn only leaving us with an unwanted peripheral vibration.

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It is rare for an art work to impose on a viewer’s experience so heavily, and that’s why we think Srbic has had the acclaim he’s received so far in his career.

Visit Srbic’s website here to see his current work.

SPOTLIGHT: Tess Dumon

As summer degree shows come to a close, we want to share with you our personal highlights of the crop of talented artists graduating this year. Tess Dumon in particular caught our eye after taking first place in the Central Saint Martins BORN prize for her installation piece ‘Stabat Mater (Lorasifar, Depakin, Tegretol&Circadin)’.

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The body of work aims to identify Dumon’s own selective memory as a child and how trauma and grief can become lodged into our psyche in peculiar ways. The piece made entirely of chicken wire depicts four horses as emblems of the four anti-epileptic medicines her late brother used (the names of which appear in the title above). The creatures retell a memory of suffering and exist mainly as embodiments of Death, with the horses vaguely alluding to the four horsemen of the apocalypse. They hang in the Central Saint Martins atrium and suspend in the air as if they are frozen in time. They float above the inhabitants of the building and transcend between earth and heaven, immortalised mid-movement in a type of purgatory. The piece stands alone as a confession of a very poignant scar in the artist’s mind.

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It is a gift to be able to create a structure so beautiful from a memory that is so upsetting, there is a strength to Dumon’s story telling that makes her installation so compelling.

The full story behind Dumon’s horses can be found here.