September 12, 2012
The Light Gallery at the Centre for Creative Photography in Adelaide has an exhibition of Ed Douglas' latest body of work. These are close up pictures of evocative pieces of trees on Douglas' property in the Adelaide Hills that were selected before they become firewood.
Ed Douglas, It's a Girl, 2012
They are studio based and shot on a 5x4 Cambo monorail on Efke 25 film using natural light mostly. The smaller gelatin-silver prints were traditional darkroom prints printed by Douglas; the much larger digital prints were from scans of the 5x4 negatives.
This body of work stands proudly in the tradition of American modernism--Edward Weston, Paul Caponigro and Frederick Sommer--the roots of Douglas' photographic practice. More specifically it is Californian modernism.
A central strand of Douglas work is anthropomorphising the tree through associations and projections.