Thursday, 5 August 2010
I went to see Sally Manns exhibition 'The Family and the Land: Sally Mann. Was nice to see some great experimental photography her techniques are very original producing vintage style images in her extreme close up's, which were presented on the wall at over a meter high making the viewer feel over powered by the faces staring back at you, very in your face and up front and the dark lighting in the exhibition added to this.
Her work ranged from landscape to her family with the theme of death in the middle. She confronts the photographer with death which was impacting especially with the use of decomposed bodies, i feelt disgusted and yet fascinated at the same time whist viewing these images. This series was situated in a dark room in a corner which added to this effect.
Her landscapes were very eerie and dreamlike with a great sense of peace in the images these were generally nice to view and although I have seen alot of landscape photography and her work stirred away from dull landscapes and was more artistic and simply stunning.
Over all the exhibition was good the family images showed great intimacy in the family and had a real personal feel. I have seen these images before and was great to see her work printed on the wall.