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Anne Noble: Securing the Shadow

Anne Noble: Securing the Shadow

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When:

  • Fri 8 Nov ’13, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Sat 9 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 13 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 14 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 15 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 16 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 20 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 21 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 22 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 23 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 26 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 27 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 28 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 29 Nov ’13, 11:00am – 3:00pm
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Where:

McNamara Gallery Photography, 190 Wicksteed Street, Whanganui

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Related Artists:

Anne Noble

This series of photographs evolved out of a conversation with the writer Lloyd Jones about a poem he had written reflecting on the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He proposed a project in which images of the letterpress printing process might form part of an exhibition that reflected both on the subject of the poem as well as its production and realization as a printed artefact.

This sequence of images entitled ‘Securing the Shadow’ is thus conceived as a photographic response to the literary, visual and processual components of a project jointly conceived by poet, visual artist and book-maker.

I began by reading accounts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors with a particular ear for their visual memories of the moment of the blast. I also studied photographs made in the aftermath of the blasts. Two aspects of this research have informed my work.

The first is the recollection of a survivor who observed that the intensity of the atomic flash was such that it …‘drained the shadows from the world’. The second was the discovery of a series of photographs of what are termed, Hiroshima, or nuclear shadows. These are the shadows cast by an object or a person blocking thermal radiation from hitting a hard surface such as wood, concrete or brick. Shadows remain although the body or object was usually incinerated by the intensity of the heat. For part of this project I have sourced and re-used images of these shadows and reversed them. I have also created some of my own.

William Fox Talbot referred to the negative-positive process that he invented in 1839, as, “the Art of Fixing a shadow”. In this series of images I have employed the shadow as a visual thread – a rudimentary photographic alphabet. The shadow and/or its absence is put to work – to create a parallel visual text that speaks to the monumental residue of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while at the same time paying homage both to the notion of words as the shadows of memory and the beauty of the letterpress printing process.

Acknowledgements:
Special thanks to Lloyd Jones for his invitation to develop a photographic response to his long poem about Hiroshima and Nagasaki entitled ‘Lines for a Monument'.

I would also like to acknowledge Sydney Shep, of Wai te Ata Press at Victoria University who is our co-collaborator in the creation of a limited edition artists’ book combining both text and image. The photographs of the letterpress process were made in her remarkable letterpress workshop at Victoria University.

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