PATRICK AND TRISTRAM FETHERSTONHAUGH
Transplant | 18 April 2013 - 25 May 2013 |
from the Transplant series, 2011 © Patrick and Tristram Fetherstonhaugh
Transplant is a deceptively uncomplicated series of photographic prints of London blossom trees by Patrick and Tristram Fetherstonhaugh, taking a classic subject and approaching it with a uniquely rigorous, process-based method to explore cross-cultural connections.
The process involved the two brothers walking through the city from their studio, taking a single photograph of each blossom-covered tree they came to until the roll of film ran out. The photographs were taken with a Japanese-made Nikon camera using Japanese Fuji film. The unexposed rolls were then sent to Tokyo to be developed and printed, physically making the journey suggested by the cultural connection between blossom trees in London and the symbolism of blossom in Japan - in doing this what looks like a simple picture is, in fact, the physical embodiment of a thought process connecting two countries.
The images are immediate and instinctive reactions to each individual tree and every print is a physical item with a specific history.
Since the printing of the images and their journey are both integral parts of the complete work each print is a unique piece.
The artists are very grateful to Elisa Uematsu at the Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo for her assistance in the making of this work.
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Lost and Found
Lost and Found is a series of 35 photographs documenting the 35 cabinets of the pottery collection at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London.
The photographs form a portrait of a collection. The title of the piece refers to the pottery that was created, used, lost and found centuries later, but also resonates with the collection itself. Lost and Found were taken – over a three-year period – with a custom-made camera set-up, constructed to allow the cabinets to be shot in as an objective way as possible despite the confined layout of the Museum.
Lost and Found can be currently seen in the gallery's lower ground floor.
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