transparent roses glass photographic series by alexander james
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nov 28, 2012
transparent roses glass photographic series by alexander james



transparent roses glass photographic series by alexander james
C-type print, mounted to polished aluminum from the ‘glass’ series by alexander james
framed behind ArtGlass AR in deep maple wood
dimensions: 60 * 60, 100 * 100 and 140 * 140 cm
edition of 10 with 2 artists proofs
photo  © 2012 alexander james,  distil ennui studio

 

 

 

 

london-based photographer alexander james has begun releasing images from his ‘glass’ series – a collection of photographs born from a process that naturally removes all the pigment from the capillaries in rose petals, developed specially by the artist. james is well known for his underwater imagery, with this latest series involving a complex technique that over time replaces the flower’s coloring with highly purified water, leaving behind only the skeletal fibre and plant structure visible – all while the plant still lives and grows. the striking imagery immortalizes the ethereal billowing blooms underwater without the use of post production the gossamer forms alluding to the richness and fragility of life through the language of nature.


the process  naturally removes all the pigment from the capillaries in rose petals, developed specially by the artist
photo  © 2012 alexander james,  distil ennui studio

 

 

james says of his work: ‘I create meticulously crafted sculptural scenes immersed in huge dark tanks of water. for the most part I destroy these creations, leaving behind only the medium format transparencies as documents of these acts. the introduction of water in this way serves its purpose both symbolically and as the functional device through which I achieve the painterly effect of these works. these images are always presented ‘as-shot’ without the use of post production; either traditional or digital. it is this dedication to in-camera purity that establishes a predominant focal point for my practice. I want to cross out the boundaries between sculpture, painting and photography; the more obscured they are, the more you will want to explore. for me the quality of the work and the purity of the process is paramount, distilling elements out with the strong use of deep blacks; conveying rich layers of meaning in what at first appear deceptively simple images.’ 


the photos are created through a complex technique that over time replaces the flower’s coloring with highly purified water
photo  © 2012 alexander james,  distil ennui studio


the striking imagery captures the ethereal billowing blooms underwater without the use of post production
photo  © 2012 alexander james,  distil ennui studio


the gossamer forms allude to the richness and fragility of life, and mortality through the language of nature
photo  © 2012 alexander james,  distil ennui studio

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