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"Natural Fictions: Exhibition by photographer Richard Freestone"
2005-11-01 until 2005-11-12
Association of Photographers Gallery
UK United Kingdom
Freestone explores the creative scope of cutting edge digital technology through beautifully tactile
images of flora. The work on display in ‘Natural fictions’ has an elegant translucence that draws in
the viewer and allows you to marvel at the beauty of nature.
While, for Richard Freestone, this is a retrospective exhibition celebrating 15 years as a
professional photographer, it is also a celebration of digital photography. Freestone’s more recent
images form a growing body of work entitled ‘Natural Fictions’. With the subject matter primarily
nature’s forms, abstracted to reveal graphic beauty, it was photographer (and Freestone’s old
college tutor) John Blakemore who coined the fiction part of the title.
Photographing flowers has always been a personal
passion of Freestone’s, akin to Robert Mapplethorpe,
who photographed flowers to clear his mind and
prepare himself for photographing people.
“I am particularly fascinated by tulips. The way their
petals intensify in colour as they dry and shrivel. The
sinuous curves of their stems as they droop.” enthuses
Richard Freestone is absorbed with digital photography - never before having had such image
making facilities, saying ”I can now put on paper what my imagination creates”. Hence the fiction
series, which developed around a desire to produce images that are perfectly symmetrical.
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