Toward the Light

Toward the Light

Silver gelatin photograph from the series ‘Nijinsky and the Ecstasy of the Divine’, a collaboration with dancer Aleix Martinez in 2014 (Hamburg Germany). 

For me it symbolises so many things about Nijinsky – his search for the divine, the way his dance propelled ballet into an entirely new future, his absolute, no-holds-barred commitment within the dance itself and of course as an ode to his famous leaps. His ability to ‘leap and pause’.

It is said that Nijinsky had such control over his physiology that when he leapt into the air he could control the way he landed, whether he floated dow light as a feather or plummeted down hard. His choice was always about the character he was playing and his intention. Asked once how he seemed able to hang in the air when jumping, he apparently said "Not difficult. You have just to go up and then pause a little up there."

Fun fact: our choice of venue for this photograph was one of the old Hamburg Port Buildings - on the other side of doors where you see the light streaming is a 3 story drop into the water with only a small rope between Aleix and the water! 

Another thing... I really love the 'bird' on the ceiling also heading toward the light - I can't recall if I noticed that at the time but it is one of the small details I love about this photograph.

All photographs are sold in archival window mounts, including an archival backing board ready for framing. Artwork will be shipped in a custom flat box.

Size and edition details:

  • 36x36cm edition of 10. presented as 60x60cm mounted, ready for framing
  • 50x50cm edition of 5 is presented as 80x80cm (mounted, ready for framing)
  • 91x91cm edition of 1 + 1AP is presented as 1.25m x 1.25m mounted ready for framing. This is the only work of this scale in the series. Edition 1 sold at the first exhibition of this work at MARS Gallery, however I am currently making the Artist Proof available for purchase.

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Each photograph listing shows Edition details, including sizes available and numbers that will be made in each edition.

Edition SIZES listed refer to the size of the paper on which the photograph was made, not the final presented size of the artwork. So for example a 16x20" Edition of 10 means that the photograph has a limited edition of 10 photographs in the size 16x20" (where the photograph was made on 16x20" paper - the actual image size will be smaller as it will have been printed with a border etc). I generally like air around my photographs and as such the presented size will be larger than the edition size reference. See specifics in the description above or ask if you are not sure. As such, please note the final presented size of the artwork when considering the artwork for purchase. Unless otherwise stated your artwork will be sent to you mounted ready for framing. If you specifically want an artwork fully framed, please send a message through the enquiry option.

WHAT DOES A LIMITED EDITION MEAN?
- there is a limit to the number that will be printed in that size &/or in total from that negative.
- once the editions are sold, that's it, no more will be printed.
- note not all prints in an edition are necessarily made at once
- note there may be slight variations between individual prints - these are effectively original artworks and nuances between individual prints is part of the nature (and charm) of analog photography.
- there may be an Artist Proof which will be specified in the listing and signed as such. Usually Artist Proofs are kept by the artist but they can be sold later.

WHAT DOES OPEN EDITION MEAN?
- there is no limit (theoretically) to the number of photographs that may be made in this size.

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Your photograph will arrive presented in an archival cotton rag mat ready for framing (unless otherwise specified in the artwork description or by individual agreement). My personal preference is usually a simple black frame but by presenting the artwork this way the final choice is yours!

Silver gelatin photographs made with archival processes and quality materials can last a lifetime. As such, in the making I have taken the greatest care at every step of the way to use the highest quality materials and archival processes. Your part of the equation is to help ensure your artwork is shown/stored in an environment that supports this longevity. This means please hang your photograph out of the path of direct sunlight as the UV rays may affect the photograph. Ideally, ask your framer to use UV Conservation Clear Glass/Acrylic - this will not only protect your artwork from harmful UV light but also ensure optimum clarity - it is worth the extra $ in framing, you will really notice the difference. Make sure you avoid hanging your artwork in a humid environment wherever you can avoid it - excessive moisture can buckle the paper or attract mould. Finally when you want to clean your glass/acrylic, it’s best to do this with a soft dampened microfibre cloth. (if your framer uses acrylic this is especially important as acrylic can scratch if you use a paper towel).

Your artwork is worth looking after - I wish you many years of joy and an artefact that lasts your lifetime and beyond.

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