Black Mirror

Black Mirror



12 inch diameter

C-Prints mounted on glass

Displayed on custom made walnut wood shelf


Before the photographic technique to fix an image was resolved, the Claude Glass –a sort of black mirror- was one of the viewing devices utilized to transport the surrounding world into a flat image. William Gilpin, an artist and user of the Claude Glass, articulated in frustration a photographic desire to arrest the ever-changing images reflected in his Claude Glass. He wrote: “We should give any price to fix, and to appropriate the scene”. On the nature of these reflections, already transported into a visual regime, he wrote: “…they are like the visions of the imagination; or the brilliant landscapes of a dream. Forms, and colours, of the brightest array fleet before us.” The Black Mirror photographs are taken in the Lake District, then and now admired for its picturesque beauty. They are titled after their geographical locations.

Black Mirror, Earth: Art of a Changing World, Royal Academy of Arts, London

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