22 August 2008

David Burdeny

David Burdeny

I know it's a popular style among fine art photographers - large format, B&W film, long exposures - but I think few do it as well as David Burdeny. His work is obviously reminiscent of Michael Kenna's - who is listed as one of Burdeny's influences in his artist statement on his website.

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"I'm fascinated with the quality of light and the spatial immensity the ocean possesses. I have an enormous reverence for feeling so small in the presence of something so vast, where perspective, scale, time and distance momentarily become intangible. My photographs contemplate that condition, and through their reductive nature, suggest a formalized landscape we rarely see. The glory lies not in the act of this removal or reduction, but in the experience of what is left - sublime experience located in ordinary space: a slowly moving sky, the sun moving across a boulders surface or sea foam swirling around a pylon."

- David Burdeny in his artist statement
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I love the experience of looking out at the open sea - looking at the horizon where sky meets sea, I'm reminded of the infinite space which surrounds us and paradoxically, I feel comforted having a sense of my place in this universe even if it may seem ultimately insignificant. For me, this feeling is perfectly encapsulated in Burdeny's photographs of the open sea. And I don't think I can ever tire of looking at such images.

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