Friday, 18 February 2011

The Twilight Hour

A few days ago I visited the V&A where I saw an exhibition called 'Twilight - photography in the magic hour'. I was drawn to the work of Bill Henson, whose photos have a unique sense of light and movement. There is a haunting feeling to his work, he captures young people on the way to adulthood, showing a dark and vunerable side to growing up.

'Now as the light from a row of TV screens blends with the last rays of the sun, both play over a face staring into a shop window, and as the sound of the mall dies away, imagine as that face curves off into shadow. Turn ever so slightly, a single camera movement brings the distant lights of a freeway into view, blinking through the darkening forest. And the sun goes down behind the mountains.'Bill Henson

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