Inspired by places: From The Road at Eleven Gallery

Rob Carter - Travelling Still, Tulip Fields, Holland, XIV, 2006 (courtesy of Eleven)

Eleven Fine Art gallery is currently hosting From the Road – a group exhibition exploring artists’ relationships with their location and environments. The locations include London, Havana, Iceland, Holland and more and the artists are:

Rob Carter, Harry Cory Wright, Rick Giles, Ken Griffiths, Paul Hill, Jane Hilton, Josef Hoflehner, Peter Newman, Sam Pelly, Wim Wenders and David Yarrow.

You can see my favourite images in this blog post but I would definitely recommend going to the gallery in person – Rob Carter’s Tulip Fields manages to look almost three dimensional with its ribbons of colour and you can’t get that effect from looking at this image on the screen.

In case you were wondering, he created the photo using a rotating lens, rather than travelling at hundreds of miles an hour.

Rick Giles - The Last Gasp, 2011 (courtesy of Eleven)

Rick Giles’ photo was the one which made me visit the exhibition in the first place. It reminds me of the beautiful Per Pulverum Ad Astrum series by Eva Stenram where she created negatives from NASA images of Mars and then left them around her flat to collect scratches and dust.

Peter Newman - London, St Mary Axe, 2008 (courtesy of Eleven)

Peter Newman’s piece made use of a vintage wide angle lens attached to a digital camera with great results. The image is called St Mary Axe (after the street which contains the Gherkin – 30 St Mary Axe) and illustrates something I’ve noticed about images of London – namely that the Gherkin seems to be gradually coming to the fore as a symbol of modern London, usurping things like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and the London Eye. Perhaps that’s because while tourists still flock to see the traditional skyline pieces, those of us who live and work in London tend not to go to those areas and we become used to very different landmarks?

From the Road, until 17 March, Eleven Fine Art (SW1W 9LX)