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Blue Hour 2005-06
These images were taken at twilight in a bluebell forest in Wiltshire, England.
Referring to fairytales, stories and legends, the place was chosen for its visual impact as well as the symbolism it carries.
The bluebells form a vast purple carpet extended to infinity in the forest just emerging from winter. The decreasing of light allows only a blue ray to become visible,
splitting the forest in two horizontal parts in the middle of the frame (referring to the green ray, or the magic hour).
The attempt here is to place the viewer in a natural phenomenon lasting one hour, looking at the movement of time barely visible.

The photographs were accompanied by the hour-long film Blue Hour (2005) exhibited at the V&A’s ‘Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour’ (2003),
it records light disappearing gradually in a Blue bell forest in Wiltshire. The attempt here is to place the viewer in a contemplative state, able to stay and
experience a natural phenomenon lasting one hour, looking at the movement of time barely visible.
Blue Hour makes us conscious of the time and space we occupy and give us an insight into the nature of time itself.
The film allows a moment to unfold in real time; we become conscious that a moment is unbearably long and that our perception of time is both subjective and inaccurate.

Chromogenic prints from colour negatives, 86 x 200 cm


 
Blue Hour, Untitled 1, 2005 Blue Hour, Untitled 2, 2005 Blue Hour, Untitled 3, 2005 Blue Hour, Untitled 4, 2005  
     
Blue Hour, Untitled 5, 2006 Blue Hour, Untitled 7, 2006      
         
         
         
         
     
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