This morning I wanted to bring you to the dark and dreamy world of photography duo extrordinaire, Jeff Charbonneau and Eliza French.
Charbonneau and French evoke an eighteenth-century aesthetic, collaborating on black and white photographs that achieve textures and tones through experimental dark room processes. These staged photographs use feminine symbols of domestic and fantasy life to create imagery that is caught between dreams and a gothic fairy tale. Somber and etherial, the painstaking and laborious use of medium- and large-format film and traditional printing techniques combine to stunning effect.
Combining surrealism and drama, their visions appear to come directly from childhood reminiscence. The artists say themselves that the path to a final image is “a mediation on memory, and how it functions through us, and between us.” The result is at once dark and dramatic and playful – an amazing partnership.
We are thrilled to announce a new body of work which will be shot all along the coast of Italy this summer. We will be road tripping through the entire country working on the new series which will debut at the end of July. More to come, but for now a little tease! xx -G
This morning I would like to explore with you the wonder of Wayne Levin’s Underworld. Levin is a photographer whose work exposes us to the ongoing movement that exists just beneath the surface of the Pacific Coast and Deep Ocean. When he journeys beneath the water, he uses contrast and shadow to capture single moments, resurfacing with them to offer spectators small glimpses of the fervent life we are often not privy to viewing.
It is Levin’s extensive attention to light that truly establishes a visionary insight of this Ocean World, filling us with a sense of awe at the elegant beauty that invigorates our curiosity of the unknown. His photographs display an admiration for this quiet world, framing with care both the creatures he encounters and the humans who dip down to interact with them. The result is breathtaking work that draws you in to its murky depths.
M.I.A. Gallery presents Wayne Levin’s solo exhibition Underworld from March 7th – April 13th, 2013.
xx – G
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