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SOUTHLAND – ADRIAN BROWN

'Untitled', photo by Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown’s photographs of the New Zealand wilderness are as much a look into his own soul as they are pictures of the countryside.

“All of these photographs are interpretive, it’s about how I felt at the time,” he explains.

“It’s the closest to painting that photography gets. I do shoot mostly in digital these days, but I just love using the older formats.”

This romantic exploration of the methods of yore have revealed a new breed of photography which uses polaroid sheets as negatives. These have enabled Brown to form a style that is set apart from anything else you will see in the digital age.

“Digital is all ones and twos,” he says, “it’s finite.

“I’m shooting green hillsides and blue sky with yellow and orange filters to get this great effect. If you tried to process this type of color digitally your computer wouldn’t be able to process it, but with polaroid instead of clashing, the colours mix and blend really well and you get this amazing bluey-yellow.”

The result is immaculate. Brown’s barren landscapes show an emotional range which places him at the peak of impressionist photography. (LC)

Until Sep 18, Black Eye Gallery, 3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst, Free, (02) 8084 7541, blackeyegallery.com.au

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