Takeaway

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.

 

Zigis acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which it sits. 
We cherish their continuing connection and unique cultural and spiritual relationship to the land, water and community. It is our honor and deepest respect to them, their culture, their Elders past, present, and emerging.
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