Fascinating work from a camera dating back to 1888 will
be at West End House Gallery until 28 May 2018.
Evans+Hulf work with an 1888 ultra-large format camera, which takes 15”x12” negatives. The combination of nineteenth century equipment and chemistry with advanced digital technology results in pictures unlike any others.
The giant camera ‘sees’ the world in a different way: it captures an enormous amount of detail, but objects and people slide in and out of focus; exposures are long; snapshots and action photography are impossible; hallucinatory clarity and detail melt into hazy softness.
The equipment is heavy and cumbersome: every step has to be planned and considered, leading to an awareness of what can – and cannot – be photographed. How can you convey the feel of the wind, the sound of birds, the smell of rotting leaves? A sense of time and movement is present in all the images, and of the interaction of people with the environment.
All the pictures have been taken in 2016 – 2017. In the larger, front gallery, you will view pictures from Evans+Hulf’s series The Woods, tracing the course of a year in Bixley Lane, East Sussex, its surrounding woodland and nature reserve. In the rear gallery there will be images from The Garden, punctuated by four stunning outdoor portraits. Photographs are offered for sale in strictly limited editions, printed on 308 gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag using archival pigment inks.
Evans+Hulf is a collaboration between two artist/photographers, Tom Evans (based in Tenterden) and Terry Hulf (Winchelsea Beach).
Evans+Hulf marks Tom Evans’s return to the art of photography after two decades devoted to R&D in digital technologies. Photographs by Tom Evans are in the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Media Museum Bradford, Museum of London, Guildhall Museum, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Bibliothèque Nationale, FNAC, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord-Pas-de-Calais and private collections. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and France and was a finalist in the Sun Life Photography Awards. He has been a lecturer in photography at the West Surrey College of Art and Design (now part of the University for the Creative Arts) and was instrumental in founding the Mission Photographique Transmanche.
Terry Hulf is a photographer, painter, video artist and musician who specialises in long-term projects with a strong sense of people and place. He has published a book Romney, Denge and Walland (Three Marshes) and received numerous commissions, grants and bursaries in support of his work. Terry has exhibited widely in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and USA. His photographs are in the Bibliothèque National, Maidstone Museum, Kent County Museum Archive, Ashford Borough Council, University of Kent, Centre for Kent Studies, Rye Art Gallery, and private collections in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway and Ireland.
Their website is atevans-hulf.pixelrights.com
The Long View runs from 28th April
to 28th May 2018.
West End House Gallery, Water Lane, Smarden, Kent TN27 8QB
Open Thursday to Monday, 10am-5pm. Telephone: 01233 770261