Melbourne Exhibitions. Photography by Rodney Schaffer at Forty-Five Downstairs. 18-29 August 1915.
LUNA. The Disguise of Day by Rodney Schaffer. Darkness can be a dangerous place, says photographer Rodney Schaffer, night heightens perception…an evolutionary consequence…On the more adventurous and uncomfortable side, darkness has dealt me wild animals, charging bulls, vicious dogs, barbed wire fences, shifting terrain, biting insects, ants, rain, wind, cold and snow!
The starting point of each image in this series is pure darkness. From here specific objects – familiar organic and inorganic objects – can now each hold centre stage.
This nocturnal or moonlit view allows a fresh assessment to emerge. No longer disguised by daylight, even somewhat banal objects now assume a powerful solitary presence, full of beauty and grace, mystery and uncertainty, menacing or luminous.
LUNA was shot in locations all around Australia over the last 5 years.
Using a mixture of large format (5×4), DSLR and Hasselblad Digital H450 cameras.
The descriptive power of these cameras is in the tremendous detail they can capture and the beautiful tonal range they cover.
The artist says for him everything about this series reflects everything he loves about photography, the philosophy of how we look at the world via images…and the practical and planning side of working.
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