Photographer Bill Henson (b. 1955) encompasses a diverse range of themes spanning the personal and the universal. The images in this exhibition are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2011 and continue the artist’s sophisticated study of the human condition. Each have a palpable sense of the cinematic and together they form powerful imaginative statements. The orchestration of available light creates a transcendent effect, defining the quiet melodrama of each frame. In this contemporary re-working of the sublime Henson evokes the grandeur of nature, harking back to the romantic tropes of the early 19th century.
The self-titled event is open until 23 August at the National Gallery Victoria. More information can be found at: www.ngv.vic.gov.au
1. Bill Henson. Courtesy of the artist.