'Adornments' by Carla van de Puttelaar
While the Fox Talbot Museum is temporarily closed, you can still enjoy a selection of works by Dutch artist, Carla van de Puttelaar, from her current exhibition in the museum, 'Adornments'.
The exhibition’s title comes from an Ian McEwan quote, referring to nature’s ‘adornments’ – freckles, moles and skin’s individualities.
The photographs themselves are inspired by the work of the Dutch Old Masters, particularly Rembrandt’s nudes, and the Fox Talbot Museum gallery was painted a vibrant 'Dutch Blue' to reflect this.
This inspiration can clearly be seen in Carla's use of colour and light, and portrayal of textures and surfaces. She shoots in natural, northern light to give her photographs a powerful, personal intensity. Her subtle use of colour creates a sculptural feel, shaped by the light and framing of the compositions.
" Carla is one of the most significant photographers working today. Though her work is informed by the Dutch masters, the resulting images are fully modern and reflect a feminist view of the figures seen through the female gaze."
The Fox Talbot Museum
The Fox Talbot Museum celebrates the history of photography, and is named after former Lacock Abbey resident William Henry Fox Talbot.
Fox Talbot famously invented the first photographic negative in the abbey in 1835.
‘We’re really excited to work with Carla,’ says museum curator, Roger Watson, ‘her technique is such a sumptuous blend of the modern with historic references to the Old Dutch Masters. ‘There is a timeless quality of the images that carries the weight of history in modern works.’
" I consider it an honour that my photos will be exhibited at the UK’s birthplace of photography, and to have my photography connected to the achievements of such a distinguished predecessor as Fox Talbot. Lacock is one of the most beautiful places on earth, where natural light and nature are magical and where past and present come together. With my photos of women and flowers, I endeavour to evoke a similar timeless sensation, so with this exhibition everything comes together."
See for yourself
Scroll down to experience a selection of the photographs from 'Adornments' by Carla van de Puttelaar.
Please be aware that the selection contains nudes.