BRUCE CHARLESWORTH

MAN AND NATURE

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Bruce Charlesworth-#38 from Man & Nature-1989-color photograph

#38 1989 cibachrome print

Man and Nature 1989–92. 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. Charlesworth related some of these photographs of small figures in huge imaginary landscapes 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:

 

"I wanted to extend this to the urban landscape and contrast extremes of scale and distance with intense close-ups of internal conflict. I raised the stakes for myself and spent several weeks putting together each photograph. For some I built full-scale sets using forced perspective. Others were miniatures. In those, I cut out small photographs of characters with scissors and placed them into scenes. All of these photographs are as the camera saw them – no compositing or retouching."

Bruce Charlesworth-#39 from Man & Nature-1989-color photograph

#39 1989 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#44 from Man & Nature-1989-color photograph

#44 1989 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#51 from Man & Nature-1990-color photograph

#51 1990 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#50 from Man & Nature-1990-color photograph

#50 1990 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#49 from Man & Nature-1990-color photograph

#49 1990 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#48 from Man & Nature-1990-color photograph

#47 1990 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth- Aqua Zoo (#56) from Man & Nature-1992-color photograph

Aqua Zoo (#56) 1992 cibachrome print

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Bruce Charlesworth-#40 from Man & Nature-1989-color photograph

#40 1989 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#52 from Man & Nature-1990-color photograph

#52 1990 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-Z (#45) from Man & Nature-1989-color photograph

Z (#45) 1989 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#47 from Man & Nature-1990-color photograph

#48 1990 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#53 from Man & Nature-1990-color photograph

#53 1990 cibachrome print

Bruce Charlesworth-#54 from Man & Nature-1990-color photograph

#54 1990 cibachrome print

Bruuce Charlesworth-#55 from Man & Nature-1991-color photograph

#55 1991 cibachrome print