During a recent holiday in North America, Zeuxis featured in an open-air art show in the gorgeous state of Maine. It was a blast to engage with local artists and critics of all ages. It was an experience that presented new and unique challenges. In the selection of the photographs, which together came to be called Glimpses, it was important to recognize a new audience, one which perhaps had no context for Oxford, England. Glimpses is therefore a work in translation. It is an intercultural exchange. It is a project that asked Jonathan to reflect upon the universal aspect in his images.
Here's a brief account of me and my photography, as featured on the posters at the Oxford Reflections exhibition:
Jonathan Kirkpatrick came up to Oxford to read classics in 1996 and has made Oxford his home since. The inspiration to photograph a city in reflection came during a visit to Venice one rainy November, when he found that the closer he got to the ground the better he liked the vantage point. Since then he has made himself familiar with the contours of Oxford’s well-worn streets, capturing cupolas between cobblestones and facades in footprints. He prizes reflections for their pleasing symmetry as well as the asymmetry that emerges when different textures meet. Reflections also give a surprising sense of spaciousness to familiar cluttered urban scenes. Often with puddle pictures there are extremes of light and dark, so Kirkpatrick works with a single image in Lightroom to present the high dynamic range.
Thanks to Nicole Chen for taking these photographs, which give a good idea of the lively bustle at my exhibition opening night!
This Sunday saw the opening night of Oxford Reflections, my photography exhibition at Blackwell’s. It was great to have a good and cheerful crowd, from students to professors, friends old and new. Great, too, to make my first sales of the exhibition. I hope that many people will stop by especially to see the photographs, and that others will find them a pleasant surprise while they’re sipping their cappuccinos.
It’s opening day for the Oxford Reflections exhibition at Blackwell’s and this morning I was on BBC Radio Oxford talking about it and reviewing the Sunday papers with Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor.
Naturally it was pleasing to hear him describe my photos as “wonderful”! You can listen back here – in addition to photography we discussed two of my non-photographic interests: Shakespeare and the British Museum.
The Oxford Reflections exhibition will be open during the month of November at Blackwell’s.
The exhibition is on the walls! Here’s a sneak peak from the hanging – the official opening is taking place Sunday 1 November.
The latest of my commissions is now available at Oxford Today online – this time the Thames and Iffley at dawn and at night: http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/culture/videos-podcasts-galleries/catch-glimpse-oxfords-rivers-night
You can find my previous galleries for Oxford Today here:
- Night and the city: http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/features/night-and-city
- Oxford’s waterways, part I: http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/culture/videos-podcasts-galleries/summer-water-part-one
- Oxford’s waterways, part II: http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/culture/videos-podcasts-galleries/summer-oxfords-waterways-part-two