photo-eye Gallery Photographer's Showcase: Michael Jackson's A Child's Landscape photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce a new portfolio by Michael Jackson, A Child's Landscape. Jackson’s atmospheric black & white images explore an unknown environment as a child would – through a lens of adventure, drama, and imagination.
|Michael Jackson, Seal Rock – Archival Pigment Print, 7.5"x10" Edition of 15 $800|
photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce A Child’s Landscape by Michael Jackson, new to the Photographer’s Showcase. Jackson’s atmospheric black & white images explore an unknown environment as a child would – through a lens of adventure, drama, and imagination. By way of the studio, a water tank, and a great deal of ingenuity, Jackson transforms a simple rock collection into sublime and foreboding seascapes reminiscent of a forgotten past. Each archival pigment print is made on delicate rice paper, and is available in small editions.
Erin Azouz: Tell us how you got started in photography.
Michael Jackson: I started off in art as a painter. I studied at West Dean College in England and eventually became an apprentice to the lecturer there — Chris Baker. His studio was an old cowshed in the middle of the countryside. This feeling of remoteness in a rural location has been important to me ever since. I eventually set up my own studio in an old stately home and after a while I moved from painting with oils to charcoal. The next step was seeing some black and white film negatives. I was completely taken by them — which moved me to buy a film camera and start to process my own film. There is a direct connection between the textures and tones of charcoal and all my photographic work.
EA: How did this body of work come about?
Looking Out to Sea From Glass Bay
– Archival Pigment Print, 9"x 7"
Edition of 15, $800
I think that in reality a photographer doesn't have many different bodies of work — they just have one. Everything feeds off everything else and it is all connected.
On one level with A Child's Landscape I am trying to capture the excitement of the land as a child would imagine it — full of adventure, darkness, terrible storms and sometimes horror. I see the images as if they were taken by explorers discovering a new land. On another more personal level they represent a turbulence and a desire for a world that is more in my control. It is a world of my making — somehow connecting back to childhood. I think that being honest with yourself and getting to the root of the reason for creating something is important if you are to create something truthful to yourself. Each image in A Child's Landscape is both an adventure and link to a part of me that was lost in childhood. I think that link is evident in a lot of people's work — whether they know it or not.
|Michael Jackson, Parkin's Peril at Noon, 2013 – Archival Pigment Print. 7"x 9" Edition of 15, $800|
EA: Tell us about the process of making this work.
MJ: The process came about after a number of discoveries whilst working on other projects. As I said earlier, I feel that all projects feed into one another.
While using film to photograph Poppit I found that holding the negatives up to the light gave me access to a beach that I had never seen before. I realized that, really, the negative is the true physical thing that is created when using film, and these negatives showed me a new world on the beach.
|Michael Jackson, Iceberg Near Mann Point –|
Archival Pigment Print, 8"x 8"
Edition of 15, $800
I studied the coastline in Pembrokeshire and took rough pencil sketches of how the cliffs sit in the sea and how the horizon fits in with everything else. You have to get some basics right with the composition to make an exciting image.
The rocks that I use fascinate me. I love rock; especially the ability is has to have a similar structure no
|Michael Jackson, Kenny Crag – Archival Pigment Print|
8"x 8", Edition of 15, $800
What excited me was that I knew that this process was completely mine – nobody had done it quite this way before – and I think that is the advantage of taking the hard route and not basing your work on what has gone before you. Making discovery after discovery leads you along a new road.
With these photographs there is a need to switch from disbelief to belief when you look at the image. If you make that jump, remove that sense of disbelief, then you kind of revert to a more open way of looking – more of a childlike way. And when that happens your imagination allows you to smell the sea, feel the storm wind against your face, hear the gulls in the distance. You accept what is in front of you and it all comes alive.
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For more information about Michael Jackson's work or to purchase a photograph, please contact the gallery at email@example.com or call 505-988-5152 ext. 202.
|Michael Jackson, Ponderous Point at Sunset – Archival Pigment Print, 7.5"x 9", Edition of 15, $800|