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Photoforum 22.11.07

Justin Coombes

Justin Coombes

Justin makes magical colour photographs using slide-projection and digital projection. He creates tableaux by projecting images onto buildings or interiors at night, occasionally also incorporating models and props. He then photographs these scenes using long exposures. The resulting colour-saturated images, which are displayed as large prints or duratrans in lightboxes, subtly undermine the viewer’s expectations of realist photography. The projections veer from being pin-sharp and mirage-like to ghostly and ethereal, but always have a strange, complicated relationship to the scene in which they appear. They might refer to memory, the past, or even perception itself. The photographs are also incorporated into Coombes’s short video and performance pieces.

Ronnie Close

Ronnie Close is a photographer based in Bristol and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales, Newport. Since 2004 he has been developing a body of photographic works as part of a practice-led PhD research project looking at the photographic image’s role in the formation of historical narrative. The function and role of memory in the simulation of experience directs the practice to read historical consciousness of both an individual and collective nature. The project uses the cultural myths surrounding the 1981 Irish Hunger Strikes to look at the relationship between narrative fiction and historical truth. The photographic approach draws on the deep psychological currents that motivate the martyr figure and the contemporary concept of using the body as a weapon.

Rona Lee

Rona Lee

Rona’s practice is research based and operates between gallery and other settings, incorporating a range of different media. Broadly speaking she is interested in experiences and phenomena that are the fluid, ambiguous and changeable that resist our capacity to ‘order’ and fix them. Her current work, which operates under the working title of the submersion series, includes a series of photographs of swimming pools, reflecting on their operation as spaces of the imagination.

John Pym

John Pym has spent much of the past 7 years building architectural installations. Over the last two years he has been making photographs that involve a similar process, he is still building architectural interiors and the work still deals with similar issues, but importantly the resulting imagery is the artwork not the constructed space. The work deals with themes of disorientation and isolation drawing on influences from Lewis Carol, Franz Kafka, Edward Hopper and Renee Magritte. The premise for this work is based on subverting aspects of the individual’s mundane day-to-day existence, undermining the real and drawing attention to the fragility of the fabric of life.

Lara Saxby-Soria

Lara Saxby-Soria graduated form the Royal College of Art in 2005. Her practice embraces a cross-disciplinary approach which includes photography, installation and most predominantly, video installation, though there is always a sculptural element to her work. Her installations attempt to engage the medium of film with ephemeral materials such as sand and water to explore notions of exposure, vulnerability and illusion. Through a current residency at No.w.here lab, the artist intends to explore the processes involved in the development of an image in filmmaking, which she relates to a form of alchemy. She is particularly interested in elements of the landscape and how inherited romantic notions of landscape can be reconciled with our everyday experiences.