berenice abbott (inspirational photographer)
Abbott's use of light and dark, movement and stillness turned the formal qualities of her medium into conceptual ones. Soaring skyscrapers cannot be detached from their roots in suffocating darkness, her engagement with the city of New York during the 1930's demanded a complex set of strategies for documentary history where Abbott came to locate both site and subject in the "vanishing instant", the fleeting and unrepeatable juxtapositions generated by a city undergoing major demolition and rebuilding.
I find this body of work to appear very quiet and still, very much like her mentor Eugene Atget's work in Paris, her compositions considered, which fill the frame with tension of the high rises taking over the landscape...
And so begins a New Year and more exploration of another growing city, Melbourne, founded in 1835, 180 years worth of treasure hunting and trying to find the stillness within. Keep your eye out on these pages in weeks to come for a bit of documenting the urban landscape.