Blossfeldt's Apprentice - Modern Artist Recreating Master's Iconic Images with Handmade Objects (with Video Interview at the PIP Festival)

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▲ Video interview of Elaine Duigenan


"Nature educates us into beauty and inwardness and is a source of the most noble pleasure."

- Karl Blossfeldt

Over 100 years ago, German artist Karl Blossfeldt (1920's) developed a series of homemade cameras that allowed him to photograph a plant's natural structure in unprecedented magnified details. It was the result of being inspired by nature and the ways in which plants grow.

At the turn of this century, Elaine Duigenan, a London-based photographic artist who was inspired by Karl Blossfeldt, had brought those plants back but in another way. In response to Karl Blossfeldt's iconic images, sh has recreated nature with ubiquitous and commonplace sculptural materials: twisty ties and cotton. These markers of light are bound together with human hands. The original, classical forms of the plants are remade to reveal both the limitations and the possibilities of an art work, which is probably much more than the topic of vanity itself as other stilllife photography.

Photo by Elaine Duigenan

Photo by Elaine Duigenan

Karl Blossfeldt had worked with the 'perfection' of nature and Elaine Duigenan, by trying to replicate his work, was taking on a dual challenge. The series was not resolved until the realisation that it was the imperfections that made the images 'work' – the tiny details of thread that revealed the evidence of making. On the other hand, the limits of working with such a humble material become the prime focus as the struggle to imitate nature is shown in loose threads and the tension between perfection and imperfection.

Photo by Elaine Duigenan

Photo by Elaine Duigenan

Photo by Elaine Duigenan




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Gallery (all photos of this series):

Blossfeldt’s Apprentice

Article (about the Exhibit at the 2018 PIP Festival showing some photos of thie series):

Photo Trouvé: The Truth About the Flat Object in Photography - Video Interview of Thomas Kellner at the PIP Festival

Photographer:

Elaine Duigenan



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