Tom Blachford: Modern Midnight IV

Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford presents his four-year photographic output; a record of his nightly journeys through Palm Springs, California. Showcasing his work for the fourth time, as part of his Midnight Modern series, Blachford captures modern architecture that appears to have grown from within the landscape itself. From molasses coated columns, that blend into the surrounding rocks as seen in Doolittle I (2018), to the futuristic spaceship architecture of Futuro I (2018), the eerie moonlit photographs depict this desert location as otherworldly with its distinct scenery and deep blue sky.

‘The process of combining the moonlight and a camera to me really is magic,’ explains the artist, ‘The long exposure compresses these moments in a single viewable image to capture a world just beyond our perception.’

Tom Blachford, Doolittle I, 2018, archival pigment print on lustre paper, 90 x 134cm

From Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House to the The Doolittle House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, Blachford’s photographs are like portals into another era; introducing younger generations to the unique architecture of this mid-century modern mecca. Blachford highlights how, ‘Each image invites the viewer to script their own narrative behind the walls of these amazing Modernist masterpieces. The houses and cars in these images appear almost exactly as they did 50+ years ago, like portals in time.’ This exhibition is for anyone fascinated by the intersection of photography and architecture.

Tom Blachford, Futuro I, 2018, archival pigment print on lustre paper, 90 x 134cm

Michael Reid Gallery
Until 3 March, 2018