Photo of the Week - 12.12.14
By Anthony Whelan
I first came across this work at the exhibition CCP Declares: On the Nature of Things in 2012. The artist took it at a friend’s place in rural Victoria on Christmas Day. The stillness of the water, the gradation of the pool tiles into the reflection of the sky, an inflatable beach ball, a single decoration hangs from the railing, the eerie darkness of the bush ... an evocative Australian Christmas Day image.
Jane Brown’s exquisitely composed landscapes and interiors are characterised by atmospheres of seduction and melancholy. Carefully observed scenes from around the world hold a distinct anthropological charge, exploring absence, chance, and the materiality of time. Every photograph has been meticulously hand printed, and deliberately composed, their timeframe indeterminable, as contemporary scenes are filtered through an analogue lens.
Image: © Jane Brown, Bush Christmas, Victoria, 2012, from the series 'Island of the colour blind’, fibre based, selenium toned, gelatin silver print, 16.5 x 21.5 cm