Recent Exhibition and New Work from Korea “I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here”

Intro image for the series "I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here" from the recent exhibition: "Thinking Media 2", Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier©

Intro image for the series “I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here” from the recent exhibition: “Thinking Media 2”, Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

A series of photographs representing evidential documents of places I have momentarily inhabited, whilst experiencing a strong sense of personal displacement, both physically and psychologically. The combination of an aesthetic that utilizes an analogue retro-framing of digitally captured imagery, further enhances this state of displacement. Time stamp notations on each image serve as a reminder that the reading of a photographs is always retrospective, and acknowledges the notion, that the passing of time is always referenced in the present moment. The content of the photographs record fragmented details of unfamiliar texts, abandoned objects of sedentary interior comforts, disembodied or malformed vegetation, bicycles, foggy landscapes or habitats that are in states of decay. Simon Larbalestier, December 2012

The text is sourced from Merleau-Ponty’s “Phenomenology of Perception” (1945)

The text is sourced from Merleau-Ponty’s “Phenomenology of Perception” (1945)

Some of these photographs were recently exhibited at the Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art Center, Korea (12-18th December 2012) in an exhibition entitled “Thinking Media 2” along with a list of the following invited artists: (Alphabetical Order) CHOI iL (Korea), Jung Hee CHOI (USA), Michael CROFT (UK), Anna CYBELE  (USA), Jung-Chul HUR (Korea), KANG You Ran (Korea), Ahram KWON (Korea), JUNG Kyuho (Korea), Simon Larbalestier (UK), Jack MALIPAN (Poland), David MRUGALA (Germany), Nikos PAPDIMITRIOU (Greece) and Jinsik SHIN (Korea)

The following images are from the catalogue, the exhibition and cropped details of my work.

 

Thinking Media 2 catalogue

Thinking Media 2 catalogue designed by Jinsik SHIN

My catalogue page introducing the concept of my project entitled "I can Be Somewhere Else  While Staying Here"

My catalogue page introducing the concept of my project entitled “I can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here”

 

Exhibition reference images

Exhibition Reference Images

Exhibition reference images

Exhibition Reference Images

"I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here"  (detail) from the recent exhibition: "Thinking Media 2", Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

“I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here” (detail) from the recent exhibition: “Thinking Media 2”, Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

"I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here"  (detail) from the recent exhibition: "Thinking Media 2", Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

“I Can Be Somewhere Else While Staying Here” (detail) from the recent exhibition: “Thinking Media 2”, Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul Art, Center, Seoul, Korea © Simon Larbalestier

 

Exhibition Reference Image; left side, my work, right side: Micheal Croft

Exhibition Reference Image; left side, my work, right side: Micheal Croft

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cyphers Blog is now launched.

I have finally found a bit of time to launch the Cyphers Blog – this is a huge project which will become the visual archive to my working methodologies. Images will become linked in various ways; tags, visual associations and other forms of contextual referencing. Hopefully over a period of time the sheer volume of the posts will help visitors to my website and blogs to understand more about why I photograph the way I do and how my own working methodology has evolved over the years. It is designed NOT to be chronological. And the blog itself represents a continuous “works in progress” – some of it will be documenting old projects and some, the preparatory research, for new ones.

Polaroid Pyramid

Ajami Script, Marrakech, Morocco, 2010.

 

 

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A R C H I V E S | new dedicated blog.

A brand new online archives of my photographs dating from 1986 – the present day is now set up on its own dedicated blog with 20 new gallery pages: A R C H I V E S

"About" page from the Archives Blog

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Domain Website Galleries Updated

My domain website has now been fully revamped with 4 new galleries. This is a new streamlined version designed by my good friend Neil Chenery. Each thumbnail opens into a full size image that is fully captioned including URL links to my Photoshelter Archive where further images from the same series or body of work can be viewed.

New Splash Page

Gallery 1

Gallery 2

Gallery 3

Gallery 4

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Cyphers and A L P H A V I L L E new blogs.

A L P H A V I L L E will present current new works in progress and related imagery, whilst Cyphers will display a collection of visual reference, photographs and anecdotal “finds” that relate to the last 20 years of my work, not shown on my domain website. Further images will be presented on my Photoshelter Archive site.  More detailed information to follow shortly.

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Minotaur now live on Domain Website

My full uncut version of the Minotaur project is now live on my site. This marks a change in the look of the site and a hint of what it may evolve into in the next few months. My idea is to simplify my site, having only 3 bodies of work for viewing. The rest of the work will be put in my Photoshelter Archive where it can more easily be seen, referenced and searched. My blogs will work in two ways; Addenda will serve as notice board to notify current projects, reviews and links etc, the key blog site will be Cyphers which will offer a way for people to explore my working/thought processes more – it will include background material to projects, reference images and versions not seen anywhere else – it will cover the last 20 years and of course new work – images will be posted daily (or every few days) building up over time, a much larger picture of how I work and what themes recur in my work. Its function will be educational but delivered in the “bite size” blog format.

Important Note: The images on my website and those that will appear in the Pixies’ Minotaur Box Set are not exactly the same. Some of the images are different depending on their particular context and relationship to other images within the same body of work. It has within it, its own narrative and recurring themes. The bulk of the imagery was shot between August and October 2008, all of it in South East Asia and much of it with the small digital Ricoh GRD2 and the much berated Sigma DP1. Later images were made with the Leica M8.2. Had the M8.2 been available in August instead of November, the project may have taken an entirely different route. I haven’t given up film! Some of the images were shot with Leica M’s. The pairing of images is something that has developed out of my panoramic work and also marks a revisit to very early work made in the mid 80’s when I was documenting Italian Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches. Revisiting the Pixies’ classic albums has acted like a catalyst for me and triggered renewed interest in themes that I will be reexploring in the next coming months in Europe.

Wound

Wound

Joker

Joker

Haruko

Haruko

Terminal

Terminal

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