Noriko Furunishi – constructed texture of place

Noriko Furunishi .  “…how [the] images end up don’t really exist but, the texture and place exists [in the image]…”

The image of the human being within the landscape is of course important feedback on scale and helps the “viewer / audience” place themselves within the imagined context – a surrogate of sorts I suppose.

Noriko Furunishi Untitled (Rock), 2006 C-Print

Noriko Furunishi
Untitled (Rock), 2006
edition of 10
40 x 30 inches  (image via: Murry Guy)

Consider how different landscapes appear though with and without human scale – an overt occupation.   We (as viewers) project a lot with regard to our own physical understanding and sense of size, scale and measure with the inclusion of the human figure within the image – almost as an aid to imagining ourselves with-in the image – a way into the picture…

What I like about Furunishi’s pictures is that odd sense of vertigo – something about comparing what I expect the landscape to look like – what if feels to be in the landscape – by this I mean feet on the ground -standing and perhaps looking out over the horizon….  and what the landscape scene looks like as imagined by Furunishi.

Link to an interview with Noriko Furunishi and a blog on past exhibitsMIA (Minneapolis Institue of Art) and the  MIA’s “New Pictures” feature….  great stuff and worth the time to browse.  Nice to see the work get more exposure and to see new work!

Previous post of mine on Furunishi work that I found interesting via Blind Spot


Image by Richard Freestone

Image by Richard Freestone

Natural Fictions – Exhibition by Richard Freestone

Richard Freestone

LONDON, ENGLAND.-The Association of Photographers
Gallery, London, presents Natural Fictions – Exhibition by photographer
Richard Freestone, on view through November 12, 2005. Freestone explores
the creative scope of cutting edge digital technology through
beautifully tactile images of flora. The work on display in ‘Natural
fictions’ has an elegant translucence that draws in the viewer and
allows you to marvel at the beauty of nature.
While, for Richard Freestone, this is a retrospective exhibition
celebrating 15 years as a professional photographer, it is also a
celebration of digital photography. Freestone’s more recent images form
a growing body of work entitled ‘Natural Fictions’. With the subject
matter primarily nature’s forms, abstracted to reveal graphic beauty, it
was photographer (and Freestone’s old college tutor) John Blakemore who
coined the fiction part of the title.
Photographing flowers has always been a personal passion of Freestone’s,
akin to Robert Mapplethorpe, who photographed flowers to clear his mind
and prepare himself for photographing people.
“I am particularly fascinated by tulips. The way their petals intensify
in colour as they dry and shrivel. The sinuous curves of their stems as
they droop.” Enthuses Richard.
Richard Freestone is absorbed with digital photography – never before
having had such image making facilities, saying “I can now put on paper
what my imagination creates”. Hence the fiction series, which developed
around a desire to produce images that are perfectly symmetrical.