It's around this time of year that I try and make a trip to see the exhibitions in London. One I'm particularly keen to see is the Shadow Catcher's exhibition, again at the V&A. From the V&A website:
"The essence of photography lies in its seemingly magical ability to fix shadows on light-sensitive surfaces. Normally, this requires a camera. Shadow Catchers, however, presents the work of five international contemporary artists - Floris Neusüss, Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges, Garry Fabian Miller and Adam Fuss - who work without a camera. Instead, they create images on photographic paper by casting shadows and manipulating light, or by chemically treating the surface of the paper.
Images made with a camera imply a documentary role. In contrast, camera-less photographs show what has never really existed. They are also always 'an original' because they are not made from a negative. Encountered as fragments, traces, signs, memories or dreams, they leave room for the imagination, transforming the world of objects into a world of visions."
It sounds and looks simply beautiful, and a far cry from my usual preference for Germanic utilitarianism. Perhaps I'm getting soft in my old age. The techniques sound fascinating as well, I really hope I get to catch this before it ends on February 20th.