Light. Ash. White | Evan Hancock

Published by: fortyfivedownstairs | 8-Feb-2019
Evan Hancock's exhibition Light. Ash. White marks the 10-year anniversary of Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires that burned from 7 February to 14 March 2009.
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Date: 05/02/2019 - 16/02/2019
Time: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11pm-3pm
Call: 396629966
This black and white photographic narrative captures the partial re-birthing amongst a landscape that still holds on to hectares of remnant white carcasses. Evan's imagery explores the environment's current identity, taking into account the passing of time and the acute change created by the ferocious firestorms of the Kinglake, Marysville and Lake Mountain regions.

Evan's second series Light. Ash. White follows on from the black and white style of his debut series From Scratch, this time offering further variation and texture and forming an alternate expression of perspective, incorporating illusion across landscape shots.

Light. Ash. White features shots from varying perspectives, showcasing a style where documentation meets fine art photography. In Evan's own words:

"The technique I portray in the series covers the use of high contrasts bridged with sections of midtones and texture. This series expands on my previous series style in that I capture a guise where perspective meets the illusion of flat patterns within the one shot causing a somewhat surreal and serene effect. The effect is one that has naturally occurred in the scarring of the landscape and is a characteristic that now shapes the re-emergence of growth in the land."

When framing his shots, what Evan perceives in the viewfinder of his camera directly informs his final composition, allowing the viewer to search for more variation within. His work reflects a sense of escapism and timelessness, qualities that are enhanced by his use of a photographic stock that replicates the effects of classic darkroom processing. The result allows Evan to explore his tools digitally and reference this type of effect whilst applying minimal adjustments between the shooting and print stages.

Evan Hancock is a Photographer and Motion Design Director with professional experience in motion graphic design on small and large format projects across Australia and internationally. His professional exposure to these commercial formats has allowed him to transfer this storytelling ability onto the medium of photography.

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