Born and based in the American Midwest, Michael McCluskey (b. 1984) considers truth in unexplored places, uncovering concealed layers of meaning. Working across editorial, commercial and fine art photography, McCluskey translates an interest in film and music into cinematic images that challenge the viewer to live, think and breathe in a world of shadows. Realised with deep, vibrant colours, the works carry the palette of stained-glass windows – jewelled reds, greens and blues permeate the settings and capture a day passing by. Mist, smoke and light are intangible characters that can be seen throughout. They cut through the photographs to create hazy worlds caught within a deep fantasia. McCluskey takes hold of the night, depicting an overbearing air of calm that is at once captivating and threatening. He is represented by Open Doors Gallery, London. www.opendoors.gallery | www.michael-mccluskey.com.
Land of Shadows
PHotoEspaña 2016, Madrid
The 19th International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts PHotoEspaña takes place this summer. Following its opening at the beginning of June, PHotoEspaña continues to host a wealth of exhibitions across the city of Madrid.
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