Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith: Stornoway

June 9, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers | 0 Comments |
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Opening tomorrow at the Wilmotte Gallery at Lichfield Studios, Stornoway is a new exhibition featuring enigmatic black-and-white triptych photographs by Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith. Chronicling a jounrey through Scotland, the images are “carefully crafted, framing mountains, waterways, trees and decaying relics to depict a mystical and vacant landscape, imbued with a profound sense of stillness and solitude,” the organisers say Running until 22nd July, the exhibition is hosted by Lichfield Studios, 133 Oxford Gardens, London, W10 6NE.

Press Release

Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith

10 June – 22 July 2011
The Wilmotte Gallery at Litchfield Studios

A collection of striking black-and-white triptych photographs chronicling a journey through the desolate and enigmatic Scottish landscape will be on show at the Wilmotte Gallery, Lichfield Studios this summer. 

Stornoway is a personal study by London-based photographer Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith.  Named after the small fishing village in the Scottish Outer Hebrides where Boulay-Goldsmith shot the series, the images make up an emotionally charged record of the rhythmic and potent forces of nature.  Each image is carefully crafted, framing mountains, waterways, trees and decaying relics to depict a mystical and vacant landscape, imbued with a profound sense of stillness and solitude.

Boulay-Goldsmith has an accomplished background in film, and is currently making Leave to Remain, a feature film written from the real life testimonials of a group of teenage asylum seekers in London. She employs the storytelling techniques acquired from filmmaking to meticulously direct her triptychs.  Each panorama in the series is made up of a sequence of three shots, similar in subject matter and taken only moments apart, creating a narrative and sense of place.

By retaining the negative frame of the traditional 35mm black-and-white film in the finished image, Boulay-Goldsmith at once distances the viewer from the ‘truth’ of the image and makes very present the context of photography, its ability to record events and patterns in the greater sequence of meaning.  The framed images remind us that this is a world of fiction, the outcome of a creative process.

Stornoway is Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith’s first solo show.  She has taken part in various group exhibitions in UK and abroad, and has been published in Derive magazine as well as both Italian and British Vogue. She has recently been commissioned by fashion house Rodnik and has sold at leading Italian auction house Farsetti Arte.



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