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This exhibition presents an astonishing series of images of the award-winning Brazilian photographer Luiz Braga's home in Belém do Pará. The artist's second solo show, it also showcases his newfound mastery of infra-red photography in these depictions of the river, the jungle, and its people. His intimacy with the landscape, combined with the surprising fluorescence of his colours, have earned him accolades around the world, and a place at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.
With ‘Nightvisions’, Braga continues to photograph his native Amazônia, but he has moved away from colour to delve into the delicate light and shade that constitues the world of monochrome. The show represents a culmination of the photographer’s first foray into digital photography, and is exuberantly full of experimentation with filters, light and infra-red – a technique more often used in night photography. It was the night images from the First Gulf War that first inspired Braga to look into infra-red, and he soon discovered new uses for it in daylight.
The result is a set of other-worldly, searing images of rivers, waterfalls, trees and people. And despite the cutting-edge techniques used to create them, the photos are saturated in an old-fashioned, almost fantastical aura, reminiscent of etchings and engravings. Pushing at creative boundaries and using light in wonderful new ways, this work has real value in both subject and technique – these are beautiful scenes, captured with flair, documenting a rare way of life.
It’s a perfect balance of the natural and the unnatural, epitomising photography's potential to synthesise past and present and foretell the future. Catch it if you can.