The works in this show present the remains of animals endemic to the Australian landscape (both land and sea), their bodies delicately ‘embedded’ in film and paper. Ryan Ponsford uses a view camera with sheet film to create large scale prints that render every detail of the animals which float upon the smooth rag paper. They have no background or shadows around them; they just exist on a white expanse of paper, as if they were painted on. They appear at first more like drawings than traditional photographs.
Juxtaposed against this Harry Nankin uses no camera to create his photographic images. In darkness the skeletons, wings and feathers are placed directly upon the surface of light sensitive emulsion and exposed to precise amounts of light. Nankin produces ‘photograms’ that bear direct witness to the animals that are placed in front of or upon them. Unlike a photograph, they seemingly peer into the animal. The works dissect the relationship between nature and people, between image and viewer, and explore what it is to co-exist.
Ryan Ponsford completed a Diploma in Arts (Applied Photography) at the International College of Creative Arts, Melbourne, in 2008. He had his first solo exhibition at red gallery in 2010 titled ‘Between the Pages’. Ryan has recently exhibited work at the Ladner and Fell Gallery in Richmond.
Harry Nankin completed a Master of Fine Arts (Photography) in 1994 at RMIT University, where he is now teaching and undertaking a PhD. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in various group exhibitions over the last twenty years. His work is in a number of collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the Mildura Arts Centre, the Monash Gallery of Art and the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre to name a few.
This is the first time that Ryan Ponsford and Harry Nankin have exhibited together.
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