Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Belly of the Whale by Robin Friend
Young British photographer Robin Friend spent most of his childhood in Australia before returning to England in 1997. This experience of growing up and living between two different countries has affected his perception and relationship with places. "I was trying to connect with primeval urges" he says of his series Belly of the Whale, which he has been slowly compiling over the last three years. In this series, we see a torn shipwreck at the foot of cliffs, and then a mist around the wreck, a reminder of the destruction of Caspar David Friedrich's The Sea of Ice. Tensions between nostalgic and nihilistic views towards nature are constantly present in Friend's work.