BRUCE CHARLESWORTH

MAN AND NATURE

PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES

PHOTO-NOVELLAS

THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT

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#38, 1989, cibachrome print
#38, 1989, cibachrome print

#39, 1989, cibachrome print
#39, 1989, cibachrome print

#44, 1989, cibachrome print
#44, 1989, cibachrome print

#38, 1989, cibachrome print
#38, 1989, cibachrome print

Although the earlier photographic series Trouble included images using combinations of back projection, model-making and re-photographed figures, Man and Nature took the concept of fabricated landscape further. The photographs of small figures in huge imaginary landscapes from this series relate to the 18th Century idea of the sublime, in which the uncontrollable power of nature can be interpreted as an externalization of uncertainty and fear.
 

Large urban settings are also used alongside fabricated nature to contrast with intense close-ups of human faces, resulting in extremes of scale and distance within the series.

 

Many of these images required several weeks of full-sized set construction or building of scale models. For the miniatures, characters were photographed, printed small, cut out with scissors and placed into scenes. These are pre-digital photographs and are presented as seen by the camera.

Man and Nature was originally exhibited in two parts of ten photographs each. Part One (1989) is at the top of this page. Part Two (1990-92) is at right.

#52, 1990, cibachrome print
#52, 1990, cibachrome print

#51, 1990, cibachrome print
#51, 1990, cibachrome print

AquaZoo, 1992, cibachrome print
AquaZoo, 1992, cibachrome print

#52, 1990, cibachrome print
#52, 1990, cibachrome print

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