Photographic artist Liz Harrington, based at our Fenners Studios in Letchworth Garden City, has been selected for the Reclaim Photography Festival’s international group exhibition ‘Beauty in Imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility’. The exhibition is on show at the Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton until 28th February 2020 (extended date).
Chosen following an international open call last year ‘Ephemeral Landscape No. 14-17’ is being shown alongside the works of 22 other artists and photographers. The cyanotype piece selected was inspired by a fascination with the short-lived micro landscapes caused by tides, rivers, rain and snow.
About Reclaim Photography Festival:
Now in its fourth year, Reclaim Photography Festival (RFP) returns to the West Midlands. The aim of this year’s festival is to return to the essence of our Reclaim Photography manifesto, by reclaiming the best in art photography. This year the festival theme is Beauty in Imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.Wabi Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.
(Leonard Koren, ‘Wabi Sabi for artists, designers, poets and philosophers’, 2008.)
This special international exhibition sets out to explore the aesthetic value of Wabi Sabi, as described by Koren, by proposing that there is beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanency and incompleteness, thus creating an aesthetic consciousness.
The intangible qualities of beauty and imperfection assumes a transcendental significance within photography, directing the sensibility of the viewer to look beyond the immediately apparent and to search deeper within oneself for meaning and essence.
Aesthetic consciousness can be explored either through the use of photographic processes and techniques, the photographer’s artistic interpretation, from the subject matter, or by a combination of all three.Participants were encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of analogue and camera-less photography (including historical and alternative processes) or digital photography (including photo painting, photo-montage and digital printing skills).
This year’s festival is self-funded and is supported by Himley Hall, Light House Media Centre, Framed for You and Palm Laboratory.
(RFP text courtesy of Reclaim Photography Festival)
For more information and to view the other works on show please see