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Imaginary Landscapes Photographs by Olaf Willoughby
Tue 25 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:15 BST
Leica Store City is delighted to host an illustrated talk by Olaf Willoughby on Tuesday 25th October at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm - Talk comences at 7pm).
Olaf is a photographer and writer based in London. His work centers on Pattern Detection, seeing the ebb and flow of energy around us. His visual stories involve everything from advocacy for the Antarctic to collaboration with other artists or combining abstract imagery with haiku poems. Some of these projects are still evolving; some have completed their journey to a fine art book. Reaching that destination, getting work out there, is the exciting moment for him. Endings contain new beginnings…
In 2016 under the LightDance brand together with Eileen McCarney Muldoon, he taught a creative photography course at Maine Media College, Rockport, USA and at the Leica Store, Mayfair. Olaf also run workshops in New York and Brooklyn and exhibited Imaginary Landscapes in New York.
Landscape has a place deep in our subconscious. Whether that is a primal memory from roaming the savannah or a remnant of early religions, which infused, trees, water and mountains with the spirits of ghosts and Gods. At one time or another we’ve adjusted our sense of perspective as we’ve stood in awe at the wonder of nature.
Photography has a long and honored tradition of practical use for preservation and protection (evidence for declaring Yellowstone the first US National Park), promotion (tourism) and for protest (mining, logging, drilling).
I wanted to go back in time and take a different approach. Consider the similar patterns shown by the veins in a leaf, aerial views of the landscape, even capillaries and the flow of blood in the human body. This led me to the idea of interconnectedness in nature, worlds within worlds. Add in the sheer sense of wonder felt in a slot canyon and the link to a sense of the sacred can’t be far away. So Imaginary Landscapes was born, a project that tries to recapture that ancient sense of magic.
Images which improvise on the basic elements of the landscape; stones, trees, water, flora, clouds to show the underlying one-ness and beauty of the natural world.
The exhibition runs from the 3rd October to the 28th at the Leica Store City Mon to Fri 10am to 6pm
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Nearest Parking http://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/london-vintry-thames-exchange/
Nearest Tube Bank (leave at exit 3 for the Royal Exchange)
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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
We will have your name on our attendance list should you forget your ticket.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
If you are replacing the registered attendee that will be fine.