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Lost Press : Nigel Grierson : Lightstream

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Lightstream represents Nigel Grierson’s most recent work, as he makes hand held, long exposures of figures beside the light of the ocean.Taking a quote from Dieter Appelt, ‘A snapshot steals life that it cannot return. A long exposure (creates) a form that never existed’, Grierson makes illusory images which on the surface might appear to owe as much to the medium of painting as they do to photography. It’s important to him however, that these are unmanipulated images straight from the camera; ‘There’s a huge element of chance, and the embrace of the happy ac- cident within this approach. A sense of discovery within the work, is always very important to me. I’m particularly interested in how photographs can speak to us on a subconscious level’. The traces and marks created by the moving light become a starting point for the imagination, as the images move closer to abstraction. On occasion, a human figure might be so distressed and degraded by the movement, that all that remains is their posture or demeanor; a sort of essence. “Lightstream feels entirely consistent with...

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