Pace Yourself

If you’re into photography then you will probably have heard the name Hiroshi Sugimoto.

He’s a Japanese photographer who spends much of his time between Tokyo and New York. Using an 8×10, large format camera, he specialises in extremely long exposures. This gives his work incredible detail and depth.

You might have seen his Seascape series featuring 3hour long exposures of… seascapes! Or perhaps his Theatres series, where he visited old cinemas and drive-ins, opening the shutter for the duration of the film, letting the light from the film illuminate its surroundings.

But he’s back with a new series!

An exhibition called Still Life. Have a look around the work (displayed at London’s Pace Gallery), and I’ll tell you why later.

I went along with Mum, Bella and PJ (who stalked us with his Leica!)

Vast, intricately detailed landscapes and natural scenes adorn the whitewashed walls.

They’re the sort of photos that draw you in for a closer look. The longer you stare, the more you’ll see.

Just incase you’re more into fashion than modern photography… I have to tell you about this dress!

It’s another of my hard-found, highly prized bargains. You know I love finding things that look more expensive than they are, and this is the best one so far!

C’mon, take a look.

That price is too good to be true, right?

Well, apparently not! Just look at the detailing…

The lining isn’t the best, but for the price I can’t really complain.

Shoes are French Sole, Prada bag, black wrap coat, Silver May Love Bangle

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Now, you might be wondering why a collection of wildlife photography is entitled “Still Life”.

Well it’s all a bit stuffy really.

Literally. The animals are stuffed.

The pictures were all taken inside Natural History Museums. They’re part of his Diorama series.

The earliest work was shot back in 1976, when Sugimoto first moved to New York and visited the Natural History Museum.

“The first time I saw a diorama I was overwhelmed by the fragility of existence that it captured. Being models of nature, dioramas include many of the world’s constituent parts. The only thing absent is life itself. Time comes to a halt and never ending stillness reigns.”

On closer inspection you’ll notice that the backgrounds featuring far flung countries, are in fact painted backdrops.

It is well worth a trip to Pace, to get up close and personal.

If you ask Bella how she feels about it, she’ll make this face and say “Ohhh… it’s good!”

Reviews don’t come any better than that!

You’ll have to be quick, the exhibition finishes this weekend… so get there on Saturday if you can.

If not, check out the book, there’s more to see in there anyway.

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