Tom Blachford’s (b. 1987) photography renders functional, man-made structures into strange dreams that fluctuate between reality and fantasy. Based in Melbourne, he practises both ne art and commercial disciplines, sharing his passion for built environments. Featured in the following pages are images from his Midnight Modern (2016) series, depicting classic mid-century buildings cast under a glamorised nightfall. Deserted houses, pools and roads are set against dusky mountains, whilst palm trees protrude from immaculate gravel lawns and spotless driveways. Lighting plays a key element in the compositions, often resembling the artificial shadows of miniature constructions, whilst distant glows offer an uncanny atmosphere to locations devoid of people. Streets are at once animate – basking in moonlight – yet at the same time lacking tell-tale signs of life that would prove the scenes real. www.midnightmodern.com.
A major solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, showcases the work of Bill Henson, whose practice is characterised by powerful images.
A Retrospective on Julia Margaret Cameron, V&A
To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century, the V&A is showcasing more than 100 of her photographs from its own collection including original prints.