Saturday, 4 February 2012

Five-a-day (Part III): by Caroline Collett, Artist of the Week

My last blog post of the week is also the final ‘Five-a-day’ posting. This series of three pieces has allowed me to enjoy being a photography fan and to give back some appreciation to the many great photographers on the Shed site.

Here’s my selection of five pictures for today:

Image number one is ‘SC 2pm’ by Maisie Hill. This is part of a series Maisie did on people’s dining room tables and is definitely the pick of the bunch. It has so much going on – wonderful composition; subtle light; the green of the broad beans meeting the green of the vase; the fallen rose petals still on the table; the subtle, muted colours and a feeling of faded nostalgia. A properly painterly still life.

SC 2pm, by Maisie Hill

Image number two is Frose, my second pick of the week by Doug Chalk. This is actually my favourite image in the whole gallery! It’s just so beautiful. I love the clash of the seasons, the delicate colours of the still-born rose, the melting frost and the light. It’s a picture that makes my eyes really happy!

Frose, by Doug Chalk

Image three is ‘Cagliari' by Alfredo Lietor. This is such a subtle image in its pinky-brown monochrome – unhurried and cool, with the slight pathos of old-fashioned retail. It’s an offbeat subject, an off-beat angle and it’s devoid of people. A quiet, quirky and pleasing image.

Cagliari, by Alfredo Lietor

My fourth choice, ‘Statue’ is also a second time around from a photographer chosen earlier in the week – Jacques Tutcher. It’s both spiritual and slightly chilling and reminds of me of Peter Saville’s Joy Division cover art. The statue itself is amazing – both solid and fluid, with the extraordinary portrayal in stone of the movement of material, but it’s the under-exposure that makes it sing and the dark areas in the shot are as enjoyable as the light.

Statue, by Jacques Tutcher

Finally, there’s ‘Abandoned’ by Joshua Morris. The building in the shot is great, with endless variegation in texture and colour and with the evidence of weather and time so clearly marked. But the killer detail is the abandoned car, which makes the whole image come alive with the suggestion of back-story, as if someone arrived, parked and simply never left the building…

Abandoned, by Joshua Morris
- Caroline Collett

To see Caroline's own work, please visit her Shed Profile, and to buy prints of any of the images you see here, and more, please visit the Shed Shop.

And we'd like to say a huge Thank You to Caroline for all her contributions this week as Artist of the Week - it's been great to see more of her own work, and also to hear her reflections on the work of her fellow Shed Creatives!

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