Monday, 4 February 2013
Ross Fraser McLean - Zwack @ Diaosu, review
These downtown photos portray a dynamic European metropolis. Brash colours and cartoony texts bark loudly from Budapest’s shop window displays, while happy families enjoy a pleasant sunny day out in the park. Cars cruise along city roads beneath the grand Buda Castle. A girl descends an escalator, bound for the Budapest subterranea. All these scenes were captured on 35mm film and they encapsulate something of the urban sprawl’s warmth. The graveyards have a markedly different ambience. The photographer explains, “The light captured in weight on 6×7 film. These images take into consideration the process and production of a photographic object as a memorial.”
McLean’s photos have documented his travels around the world, with Japan, China, USA, Turkey, Russia and India all being devoured by the camera. The photos presented in Zwack show a curatorial rigor that’s newly matured, a reflective aspect revealed alongside the work’s undoubted technical achievements.