Contentment

2010
Archival Pigment Photograph
55
x
48
in

Signed, dated, and numbered from edition of 12 on recto. Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on certificate of authenticity.

I am often asked why I almost always print in black and white and this image offers many of the answers. Andy Warhol said that his favourite colour is black and his other favourite colour is white. Matisse said that it took him 40 years to work out that the most powerful colour is black. In between black and white there is a huge tonal range – it is rather like a piano with 88 keys. This image in Antarctica employs all that piano.

 

We live our lives in colour, so a departure from literal reality is refreshing and allows for an abstraction – less perhaps is more. The lines and curves also allow for this simple family unit to be an art work rather than a National Geographic image.

 

There is a peaceful serenity to the story – and one that resonates with all that relish the simple joy of togetherness. – David Yarrow