urban landscape

Back in Town

It's been quiet here for the last month, I've been on a trip to the USA, visiting New York City, Washington DC and Boston, there's likely to be an American theme here for the next few posts.

This photograph was made in the art galleries district of Manhattan. I'd just visited Aperture and seen  James Mollison's playground photographs, and LaToya Ruby Frazier's photographs of her family. Aperture have a great library of their books there, and I had the chance to look through a lot of new books, and was particularly excited to see some out of print books by Robert Adams that I'd not had the chance to see before.  

Chelsea, New York. Geoffrey Roberts 2015

The Mobile Photographer

Late last year I received an e-mail from Shutterbug asking me if I'd like to partake in an article, they had seen an image of interest and wanted a few words to go with it. When we spoke I was intrigued to find that this was planned for their upcoming mobile photography issue, being primarily a large format photographer, I was a little unsure of how I would fit in.

As it turned out, it was my posting of darkroom pictures on social media they liked. I was surprised at first to find how interested people were in seeing wet printing in progress. Perhaps it was a mix of nostalgia from those who have switched to digital, and something new for people who have come to photography with megapixels. 

From the April issue of USA's Shutterbug, and a photograph of my prints in selenium toner.

Darkroom Prints

I've been spending a lot of time in the darkroom recently, preparing for my show in May, The Line of Lode. Here's a couple of fibre base prints on the drying rack at the end of my session a few nights ago, it's a bit fuzzy, but that's the phone camera! I'm using Ilford Classic paper which really works well for me, beautiful tones. 

On Lewis Baltz

 

Late in 2014 I spent a lot of time looking at books by Lewis Baltz, and reading all the interviews I could find online. I first discovered his work through the 'New Topographics' book, a reprint of the catalogue of the 1975 exhibition of the same name, subtitled 'Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape' which included work by Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, Nicholas Nixon, and other great photographers. This work in this book taught me to see, it clarified things that I had been trying to work out, but had not quite managed to realise. While I am not usually saddened by the passing of someone I've never met, the work of Lewis Baltz has not just interested and intrigued me, it has helped me along my way. 

This is perhaps the only picture I've made where I have intentionally made something in his style, a minimalist approach could well become something I am more aware of as I make my own pictures.

The interview below is very interesting. 

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-lewis-baltz-15758

Chatswood, Sydney. Geoffrey Roberts 2014

Exhibition - 'The Kind Warmth Awaits', Melbourne Nov 6-29 2014

 

I am brining my show 'The Kind Warmth Awaits' to Colour Factory Gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Opening November 6 and running through to the 29th, please join me for a drink!

The images include urban landscapes made in urban and regional parts of Australia, primarily made with a 4x5 view camera, with a few 6x7 images included. I have printed them on fibre paper. 

Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/7384...ilter=upcoming 

Colour Facory Gallery - http://www.colourfactory.com.au/gall...geoff-roberts/

The Kind Warmth Awaits
Exhibiting
6-29 November 2014, Colour Factory Gallery
Location

409 – 429 Gore St
Fitzroy, Victoria 3056
03 9419 8756