Visualising interior space

Richard Learoyd

Richard Learoyd, an English Photographer, uses a room as a camera, there is a lense in a hole in the wall. In the adjoining room, of similar size, he carefully composes his subjects. The image is exposed onto a type of positive photographic paper, there is no negative, each image is a unique very large format direct exposure. The images are about life size. There is a wonderful symmetry to the arrangement; the photographer positions himself in the camera/room, the subject in the other room/studio, the level of detail and effects captured are somehow closer to the experience of being beside these people. In these views scale matters, the taking and the displaying and possibly also in the composing and point of view. A limited space, a shallow depth of field and those measured greys make for powerful, quiet illusions.

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