With the count down to Photo London 2018 in full swing we look at some highlights and ‘must-sees’ at this years fair.
Hala -Steve Macleod, Black Box Projects
“The longer we stare at nothing, the more chance that something will appear to us, creating an unfathomable aura and thoughtful meaning.” – Steve Macleod says of new series Hala, a project inspired by photographs captured by British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger. This new body of work documents the vast landscape of the Al Hajar Peninsula in the United Arab Emirates, one of the most desolate and inhospitable areas in the region. The mountain range offers a true vision of wilderness; empty and devoid of human presence.
Hala will be shown for the first time as part of Photo London with Black Box Projects and include limited edition fine art Giclée prints produced here at Metro Imaging on both Hahnemühle Photo Rag and German Etching papers.
Steve Macleod is a British landscape photographer whose career has spanned over 20 years. He shoots on a large-format camera, using nature to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions; our health and our imagination
Black Box Projects specialises in contemporary photography and contemporary art that is created using photographic materials. The gallery is committed to working with artists who push the limits of traditional photographic practice. The gallery does not keep a permanent space, instead it arranges pop-up exhibitions in order to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the artist and the work.
“For Photo London 2018, Black Box Projects presents Steve Macleod’s latest series and the UK debut of ‘Hala’. Shot in the United Arab Emirates between 2015-2017, it is the first time Macleod has published work taken outside of the UK. The series is printed as archival inkjet on highly textured watercolour paper giving the works a painterly style reminiscent of early Japanese watercolours and a tactile quality that harks back to Pictorialist aesthetic values.” – Black Box Projects on Macleod’s series Hala.
Check out ‘Hala’ with The Black Box Projects at Photo London in the Discovery section of the fair form May 17th – May 20th at Somerset House.
ALL IMAGES © Steve Macleod
Metro is excited to be collaborating with our friends at The Old Bank Vault (TOBV) again for an exclusive photography and textile exhibition in their east London gallery. This unique exhibition encompasses both blankets crafted by PARIS ESSEX duo Carolyn Clewer and Tiphaine de Lussy and photographs composed by Danish born Photographer Louise Melchior.
We produced the ‘FLASH SIGHTINGS’ photographic prints on Fine Art Giclée Photorag paper to sit amongst the unique blankets which will be on show at TOBV gallery in May.
This ongoing photography and textile collaboration between Louise Melchior and Paris Essex has evolved over the past two years. Together they are interested in gently introducing the cosy, decorative and home-loving blankets to the outside world, but staying within ordinary and familiar surroundings.
Draped in colourful hand-crafted blankets, a cast of local men are invited to pose as pseudo-classical characters in a series of improvised Tableaux Vivants. Using the flash as an impromptu spotlight, the camera captures their grandiose posturing at the bottom of the garden.
The exhibition will run at The Old Bank Vault from May 1st to May 13th with private view and launch night of FLASH SIGHTINGS on Thursday May 3rd, 6.30pm
Paris Essex A partnership between Carolyn Clewer, the Essex girl and Parisienne Tiphaine de Lussy, Paris Essex is the result of years of collaboration between the two knitwear and textiles specialists, which began over 20 years ago at the Royal College of Art. They share a visual language and are drawn to the materials, processes and pace of fashion, the continual reinvention and juxtaposition of ideas.
Danish born photographer Louise Melchior studied sculpture at Chelsea College of Art from where she graduated in 1997 and has since completed a Masters at Goldsmiths in photography. Melchior is preoccupied with the instantaneous nature of photography, and uses the camera as a tool for discovery. She is enthralled by insignificant monotonous and often transitory subjects found in her daily life. The collaborative work with Paris Essex stands in strong contrast to her other work, for one, her personal work shows evidence of human interaction but is purposely devoid of people. On the other hand elements reoccur such as the immediacy of the moment that was, the suggestive notion the image evokes, and the isolation of the subject matter.
At The Old Bank Vault works with independent suppliers, emerging and established artists to curate versatile collections to suit various personalities. Their London concept gallery fuses bespoke art, high end ‘Made in England’ fashion & Contemporary living.
ALL IMAGES © Louise Melchior
BLANKETS © PARIS ESSEX
What is a limited edition print? In printmaking, an edition is a number of prints struck from one plate, usually at the same time. Most artists produce only limited editions, normally signed by the artist and numbered (eg 5/50) to show the specific print number and the total edition size. With limited edition work there will only ever be a certain number of prints produced and once they are sold, they’re gone!
Metro Imaging was one of the first UK photo imaging companies to introduce a bespoke Limited Edition print service for photographers and artists. The demand for limited edition runs of prints is expanding and with that there comes a responsibility for establishing both quality and provenance.
We work very closely with clients using our Metro Imaging Bespoke Service to produce high quality master prints. Once these prints are produced any further run on or edition is guaranteed to be consistent with the first print.
We pride ourselves in the way in which our specialist printers and technicians work – machines are regularly calibrated and serviced to ensure continuity and printers liaise directly with clients to maximise the working partnership.
In support of the edition printing service, we can provide Certificates of Authenticity and are also working closely with Tagsmart to provide non-invasive DNA and watermarking services to further protect our clients work. Our clients can also be reassured that it is their named printer that is producing the work and as we collaborate directly with manufacturers we can advise on the longevity and archival stability of materials.
We can help you create limited edition prints of your art and photography via our Bespoke Premier service.