[Pictured] collection of plant pigment master positive prints.
This set of pictures by Stephen Gill was the first work he made after moving from London to rural Sweden in 2014. Aware of the busy nocturnal activities in the landscapes surrounding his studio, Gill set up a motion sensor camera to gain a view into the lives of the neighbouring wildlife.
‘Soon after moving to Sweden I realised that this new, apparently bleak, flat and open landscape was in fact teeming with intense life… I started to imagine the creatures in absolute darkness on the forest floor driven by their instincts and will to survive. I imagined them encountering each other. I thought of their eyes – near redundant in the thick of the night – and their sense of smell and hearing finely tuned and heightened.’ – Stephen Gill
Throughout his career, Gill has often explored ideas around stepping back as the ‘author’ of his images, trusting in the potential of colliding chance and intention. In Night Procession, Gill felt he had ‘stepped out’ altogether – ‘allowing nature to ‘speak, [and] make itself heard and known’. The resulting images show a range of insects, animals and plant life, caught on daily processions that usually sit out of sight.
The first set of images are made from black ink and plant pigments collected from the surrounding area.
The Martin Parr Foundation houses a large collection of Stephen Gill prints spanning throughout his career and most of his major projects. There are a total of 135 prints in the collection at varying sizes.
Plant pigment master positive prints.
30.3 x 21.2 cm
NUMBER OF PRINTS FROM NIGHT PROCESSION