Photographer finds new way to show nature’s resilience


Glen Perotte’s Remains of Life exhibition is at the CCA Galleries on Hill Street Photo: JON GUEGAN

In these strange times, dominated by the isolation of the pandemic and longer-term concerns about global warming, these images of nature’s resilience have made a strong impression.

Under their influence – he calls it a state of mind – Mr. Perotte took out his camera and other tools of the outdoor photographer trade and began photographing the finest examples of the phenomena he could see around. him. There had been some interesting results, he said, but something was missing.

“I felt it didn’t quite have the impact or the message I wanted, that is, for people to see them and their beauty, and in their own surroundings, I just couldn’t not see that it was achievable, ”he said. “The best way was to isolate them and extract them, and bring them into a setting where they become the stars. You don’t see anything else – you just see them.

Mr Perotte stands in front of the results of his work – some of the most striking images of the natural world you can imagine, their detail and textured beauty, defying any effort to decode how they were captured in two dimensions.

The images are in a way a provocative affirmation of the power of nature. Of course, the ironic gap between nature struggling to survive in extremis and its confident dominance over these idealized images is all the point of Remnants of Life, an exhibit that runs through October 22 at CCA Galleries International on Hill Street. , sponsored by Bedell Cristin.

There are some key design principles at work, although you cannot easily deduce them from what you see in the pictures. Natural objects are attached and placed in a reservoir that allows them to be photographed against a watery background. In fact, the word background hardly suffices – sometimes the objects rest on a thin sheet of damp glass.

In the same way that the color is given to the sea by the reflection of the sky and the intensity of the light, the flora here receives its particular hue by a light reflected in the same way. It is, as Mr. Perotte puts it so well, “the magic” of what he wants to achieve.

One might imagine, ultimately wrongly, that post-production played a major role in the results, the wonders of the digital world that the photographer relishly uses in his commercial work could achieve such a transformation. In fact, the role of manipulation in the process is very modest.

“I love the challenges of my commercial job, but for my personal job it has to be honest. What you see comes out of the camera. I can help it by mostly using the same photo and taking pieces of color and putting it where I want, ”the photographer said.

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