Presence and Absence, is a large-scale photographic exploration into ‘Shibui’ and ‘Shibusa’, referring to a particular Japanese aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty. Shibusa has been said to have seven attributes: simplicity, implicitness, modesty, tranquillity, naturalness, roughness, and normalcy. The concept represents an openness to nature and an appreciation of the irregularities of form. It is the “beauty in decay, the peaceful grace of the waning phase and the bitter-sweetness of nearing an end that is only a new beginning in disguise.” (Soseki Natsume).
Langley’s elusive and subtly deceptive landscape images evoke a macro world within a micro environment. Langley plays with light, scale and botanical subjects during the image making process to create enchanting artificial worlds of microscopic imagery that rely on the viewer’s own perception for their interpretation.
Alison Langley is a photographic visual artist who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Langley has been a finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, the Tattersalls Contemporary Art Prize and the Siemens RMIT Fine Art Travel Scholarships.