SPACE WITH A VIEW
A series of photographs created between 2003 and 2012.
Google 'Photography, space with a view' and what emerges is a whole list of websites dealing mostly with photographs taken by NASA of the Earth from space, or rather, 'a view from space'. This takes me straight to the iconic Stanley Kubrick film, '2001: a space odyssey' and the opening scene of a tribe of herbivorous early hominids foraging for food. And, from the abyss of a cave looking out to the expanse of a primordial landscape, the film leaps out to interstellar space and abounds with views of space from inside the cockpit of a spaceship. The way artists perceive, organise and imagine the world has been and still is a major concern with defining space in art, whether its on canvas, print or film. It is not surprising then, that the oldest photograph, a heliograph taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and made after an eight-hour long exposure, is called 'View from a window at Gras', (1826). Since then, the tidal wave of photography has swept through the early practice of pictorialism, through the classic compositions of Cartier-Bresson and Alfred Stieglitz, and the striking postmodern strategies of Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe and so many others. Intangible phenomena such as distance, depth and emptiness now seemed possible to grasp. Using a variety of techniques, artists sought to harness the boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events have relative position and direction and are arranged, modified and rendered to 'flatland' or two dimension; on surfaces prepared to receive paint, ink or light.