Italia is a display of stunning photographs by Bradford School of Arts & Media lecturer, Brian Hindmarch, offering a tantilising glimpse of a substantial body of work taken from one of his current projects.
Brian disclosed "I have taken an immense amount of photographs in Tuscany, Umbria and the Veneto over the last three years, looking at the detail and the history of the architecture. My work is not a travelogue but something much more contemplative. It is a great way of stopping time. When you go to Italy there is a happiness and melancholy in equal measure. You can be in a church, cathedral or museum and see wonderful ornamentation or decoration and it stops you. Life is so much more pronounced and colourful and I have captured moments of this."
Brian’s empathetic approach is one that builds relationships and insights by continually returning to the landscape to explore more of its secrets. An indication of this is that his work on the Western Isles, which has already been the subject of an acclaimed book, Colonsay – Elements of an Island, in 2003 and well received exhibitions, is still ongoing. Brian explained, “I will be travelling to the Western Isles at Easter. I am still adding to what I consider part of my journal. I am also preparing some bookettes of my Italia work to exhibit at the International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair held at Leeds University on 12th and 13th March.”
You can see more of Italia in the atrium restaurant and Gallery II at the University of Bradford from 2nd February until 26th March.
In the meantime you can enjoy a breathtaking glimpse here