Their collaboration brought an artwork worthy of passing down through the generations. Two artists with distinct styles of portraying the worlds that they live in.
|Collaborating at the HILL END PRESS studio, Central Tableands NSW|
Joanna is a landscape painter whose paintings are inspired by the landscape surrounding her studio in Oberon NSW. Joanna is interested in the tension created by the juxtaposition of shapes against the wider field and the placement of these forms within the picture plain. By doing away extraneous detail, her hope is that a kind of distillation might take place, where the essence of the landscape hums softly through.
For Bill it's about being drawn to the darkly romantic world of remembered imagery, the fallible memory and the persistence of myths. Having a great love for the antiquarian methods of photography for their qualities of timeless and uneasy beauty.
Combining these two great talents they created Vol de Nuit. The title is from the novel Antoine De Saint Exupery, and is a metaphor for the souls flight or journey through darkness to it's ultimate destination.
This essentially about finding meaning in the senseless void and risks taken in that quest.
Notions of death and immortality are inherent in any spiritual belief; the Kookaburra is simultaneously 'Natura Morta' and a symbolic spirit frozen in immortal flight.
The tin type process was invented by Archer in 1851, using sensitised collodion on either a black steel sheet for an 'instant' positive or else on glass as a negative for prints.
Tin type wet plate collodion workshops can be done at Hill End Press for all information go to www.hillendpress.com.au
|The Coalminers Daughter - Tin type collodion Finalist Mussellbrook photography|
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