Maria and Jamie
Maria Hughes and Jamie Reid
Egg Space Gallery, 16-18 Newington
31st May - 18th June 2006
Nature Takes the Prize
The compositional shots of all aspects of nature is a very themeless and
unsystematic approach. That may annoy the purist, but these shots emit
raw power in their tonal simplicity. Natural objects that say only what
The beauty resplendent in our immediate environment, the patterns both
intricate and simple, have figured in the work of artists from Turner
to the French impressionists, but these spatial forms are the real McCoy.
No abstraction, just as there is no need for artificial or digital reconstruction
or to elevate them higher or lower. The photograph cannot convey smells
or excitement; in a way this artificial eye - like the entomologists of
the Victorian era - gasses and chloroforms life out of the subject or
object d’art in order to render its beauty more apparent.
These however have an alternative randomness that gives you life - flora
fauna and all sunsets, mother nature and our coexistence with her. If
we only open our eyes to the beauty that is all around us (the trick is
to look up from the pavement and seek out the green), life and colourful
nature is a concrete orphan's therapy. Worth a visit for its whimsicality.