Archival pigment ink on on fine art paper
Edition of 15
Dimensions: 50cm (H) x 35cm (W) / 19.7" (H) x 13.8" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
For me, like so many of us, the most marked change in our recent social upheaval has been the absence of other people; friends, family, clients, neighbours.
I had planned a project earlier in the year that I intended to shoot in May that would have involved a group of 3 people and as soon as we went into lockdown I realised that this idea would have to be shelved for the foreseeable future. As a lot of my work tends to include faces or figures, I struggled at first to work out what could replace it.
But near to where I live there is the site of an old Iron Age fort known as Oliver’s Castle. The high promontory is sprinkled with a distinctive line of trees swept into bleak shapes by years of prevailing winds. I took a camera up there and began to photograph over a period of a couple of weeks.
What this series has reminded me of is that as artists we draw attention not just to the presence of an object that we portray, but in how we frame the object, the space that we chose (or chose not) to leave around it, we also draw attention to the absence.
These trees are a perfect visual metaphor for the new world we all find ourselves in. Presence and absence.
The signed print has a 2cm white border for framing.
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Based in: Wiltshire
Claire Newman-Williams is a British photographic artist. Whether crafting mixed media collages or photographic prints, Claire creates images that appear to have been pulled from the no-mans land that exists between imagination and reality. These images, often described as “filmic” and “haunting”, leave us wondering which world they inhabit. Are they created in our contemporary world, or are these vintage-looking images visual echoes plucked from another era?
Her art work has been exhibited at the London Art Fair and Miami Context with Turner Barnes Gallery and she was named one of 4 must-see artists at The Other Art Fair, Bristol by Rebecca Wilson of SaatchiArt.
Although she studied English at University, Claire went on to work in photography, learning her craft in seven years of freelance assisting in America. This was followed by 20 years experience as an editorial and portrait photographer in both the UK and the US where her work has appeared in numerous national and international publications including Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Advocate. She returned to the UK in 2005 and in 2014 began to focus more on fine art photography and collage.
Using a mixture of historical processes, analog and digital cameras, her inspiration comes from sources as diverse as the etchings of Rembrandt, the films of modern cinematic masters like David Lynch, or the loneliness of the music of Lucinda Williams.
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