En Plein Air, 2014

En Plein Air is a photographic series that explores the junction between photographic representation and the process of landscape painting. Each image was created through site-specific interactions on the artist’s family property in the Blue Mountains. Through a simple arrangement of an easel and a blank canvas and various landscape settings, the notion of an idealised vista is fractured; the canvas now serves the functions of both concealing the background and also drawing the viewers attention towards the peripheral scenery. The work references the activity of painting ‘en plein air’, however the framed image is now a blank canvas  – a void – challenging a romantic ideal of the domesticated pastoral space within regional Australia.

 

En Plein Air (night), still image, 2014

En Plein Air (night), Bryden Williams, 2014. Archival inkjet on photorag

En Plein Air (in the gully), still image, 2014

En Plein Air (in the gully), Bryden Williams, 2014. Archival Inkjet on photorag

En Plein Air (bush block), still image, 2014

En Plein Air (bush block), Bryden Williams, 2014. Archival inkjet on photorag

En Plein Air (looking towards Mt. Sandy), still image, 2014

En Plein Air (looking towards Mt. Sandy), Bryden Williams, 2014. Archival inkjet on photorag