Midnight Modern photography exhibition

Start Date: 02 Oct 2014

End Date: 16 Oct 2014

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When: Exhibition Dates: 2–16 October 2014, open 6–8pm

Where: Modern Times – 311 Smith Street Fitzroy

Fitzroy’s Modern Times presents a unique photography exhibition by talented Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford, opening 2 October. Midnight Modern depicts mid century architecture in California’s Palm Springs in a hauntingly ethereal light.

Blachford shot the images over two trips to Palm Springs, with the second trip aligned with the super moon over California. The resulting half-light casts the typically sunny surroundings as moody landscapes, with the distinctive architecture poised under starry, atmospheric skies.

In his own words, Blachford’s work on Midnight Modern explores “the relationship between the moonlight, the forms of the houses and mountains as a backdrop”. Exposed for 30 seconds, each image captures a rare moment in time, revealing a darker, nuanced personality to the architecture not commonly associated with the period.

For the exhibition, Blachford’s photography will appear in a large A0 sized format, displaying the details of the home and architect. Midnight Modern looks primarily at houses built en masse in Palm Springs between 1955 and 1965, designed by architects William Krisel and Dan Palmer. A standout in the series is the portrait of the 1953 Edris house by E. Stewart Williams, who stipulated that homes should not be designed to appear to have fallen out of the sky, but rather to have grown out of the desert.


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