Thursday, 5 August 2010
All images © Garret Suhrie
These intensely beautiful images shown here are by far the strongest from Garret Suhrie´s project Phantasmagoria which in all fairness is a bit of a mixed big. Still, writing eloquently on the work, Suhrie says:
"This series developed from my love of exploring the natural world. Often viewed as well-trodden territory lacking in original artistic opportunity, these images are effort to debunk that fallacy: hile the natural world has been well documented throughout generations of infinite talent, there are still amazing original sights hidden everywhere – the key to finding them is having the patience to look in a different light. My preferred scenes are cloaked in the night; beauty doesn’t fade with the sun, it just hides. Instead of a blank canvas, I start with a black canvas; instead of a paintbrush, a flashlight. The light transforms the subjects to be so strangely engaging that they seem surreal, a distorted aesthetic often bizarre and unbelievable: Lonely locations containing an eerie stillness and silence, despite their dynamic creation. These images are my effort to shine a new light on a way to see the world."
Garret Suhrie graduated from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, majoring in Art History and Studio Arts, with minors in Photography and Italian. After graduating, he took a job in Los Angeles as studio manager/producer for David LaChapelle, eventually moving into the post-production end. His work has appeared in various publications (Wall Street Journal, Luxuriant, Flaunt, etc) a few small exhibitions in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and most recently at Smithsonian Museum in DC. Upcoming shows will take place in St. Moritz and Berlin showing in conjunction with David LaChapelle, made possible by a grant Suhrie received from the Maybach Foundation.