Takeaway

Ephemeral Sydney

Written by Zigi on Saturday, May 19, 2018

When Sydney photographer Michael Rolph is off duty from shooting landscapes, he takes to the city’s streets, creating monochromatic artwork with a mobile phone.

Michael’s daily excursions are constantly distracted by a habitual observation of the city’s dancing, ephemeral light as it produces ever changing reflections, shadows and silhouettes; bringing to life otherwise unnoticed shapes, patterns, textures and characters as they play their impromptu parts on Sydney’s stage.

In his first exhibition of this genre Michael presents a collection of cinematic street images making use of multidirectional natural light, dark shadows and anonymous, often distant figures; oblivious to the way their daily routines are dramatically illuminated and framed by their surroundings.

The images in the collection are enigmatic; often asking more questions than they can answer, and using just enough light to set the scene. The ever-present dark shadows then invite the viewer’s anticipation and imagination into the city’s beguiling streetscape.

 

Article written by Zigi
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