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Up Front gallery, Level 5Previous Exhibition
As summer comes to an end, Up Front offers a last bloom of colour before autumn. This bouquet of images celebrates the different photographic processes used to capture flowers and other forms from nature.
Historically, botanical subjects were photographed to record detail accurately, or – once colour technology became available – for visual sensation. The photographs here continue the still-life genre. Each has been carefully composed, creating an intimacy between artist and viewer – as if an emotion were being shared.
Some of these art works explore serious themes, such as loneliness and death. Yet the floral subjects provide a simple lightness and beauty.