Nocturne

Nocturne Exhibition

All prints are limited editions.

These images are from my second solo exhibition in the Shutter Room, Whangarei. Each work is of the Hatea River or the Whangarei Harbour. The title ‘Nocturne,’ has long been associated with music but towards the end of the nineteenth century was used by the American painter James McNeil Whistler as the title for his paintings.

As with many others, I experience a sense of wonder at the often dramatic changes of light and colour that mark nightfall and the night. While not everyone may wonder why they are drawn to these moments, I am made consciously aware of my place in a vast universe, perhaps similar to how Vincent Van Gogh connected with and painted a night sky, full of awe and wonder.

Colin McCahon talked about “slivers of light penetrating the darkness” and how the effects of light in the landscape could be seen as a “metaphor for life.” In a similar vein, Leonard Cohen beautifully turns ‘slivers of light’ on its head when he writes:

“Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything.

That’s how the light gets in”

Each work consists of between seven and fifteen photographs. The overlay method used to join common features is evident along the top and bottom edges. All photographs were taken in camera raw format, using a Canon EOS 5D with a Canon EF 17-40mm 1:4 lens. All have been assembled and finished in Photoshop CX6 and printed in my studio using an Epson 9800 printer, Epson Ultra Chrome K3 inks on Jet Pro 260gsm Lustre Photographic paper.

The surface of all photographs, including those that have been block mounted, may be gently wiped using a soft, cloth without fear of damage.