Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape - Exhibition Elliott Halls Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Murray, Matthew ORCID: 0000-0001-8956-8062 (2018) Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape - Exhibition Elliott Halls Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [Show/Exhibition]

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Martin Barnes Senior Curator of Photographs The Victoria & Albert Museum, London gives his view on Murray’s Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape. Saddleworth is the result of a five-year creative journey by Matthew Murray, fuelled by his desire to build an extraordinary and entirely new body of work. This venture into landscape photography became an exploration, a personal study, almost becoming therapeutic to Murray, as he traversed his own private life changes. What evolved and then became paramount to Murray’s exploration of these ever-changing scenes, was how photography translated the landscape. Here his manipulation of natural and artificial light challenged the representation of the traditional landscape through both photography and painting. The result is a photographic odyssey, which captures not only the astonishing and beguiling beauty of this moorland landscape, but also the dramatic ephemeral changes caused by the season, or simply the hour that each image was taken. “I wanted to produce a series of landscape photographs that I believed to be beautiful in their own right and by doing so hopefully challenge preconceived ideas about the moor. Documenting the moors landscape as picturesque and beautiful, concentrating on light composition and nature reveals a true appreciation of the beauty of the moors, from wonderful long summer days to snow storms in the depth of winter. This is what Saddleworth says to me. Every trip I have taken to the Moors over the last five years has encapsulated each season, weather and cloud pattern, rain, sunshine, snow and the sense of the bitter cold of that emotive landscape.” - Matthew Murray 2017 “I quickly saw how amazing the landscape is and how the shadows and cloud formations can change quickly and drastically. It was only after viewing the very early contacts from my initial shoots that the photographs reminded me of the 17thCentury Dutch painter Jacob Van Ruisdael,whose work I had seen at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2006. Having never photographed a series of landscapes before this series, it was a massive departure from my normal portraiture and street photography work, the work developed overtime and was very organic. Shooting these landscapes it was clear that I was inspired by Ruisdael’s work.” - Matthew Murray 2017

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: Martin Barnes Senior Curator of Photographs; Victoria and Albert Museum; Elliott Halls Gallery; Exhibition; Landscape; Landscape Photography; Art; Jacob Van Ruisdael; Saddleworth; Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape; REF2021
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB169 Tree crops
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Matthew Murray
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 12:44
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:22

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