John Claridge’s Afternoons Well Spent
Between 1989 and 2000, photographer John Claridge occupied a building in Rivington St where he set up his home and his studio. While pursuing commercial and documentary photography, John also took time to create the personal work which you see here during his long afternoons. These are just a few compelling examples from a continuous vein of endeavour that has extended throughout his long career.
John’s nudes share a paradoxical sense of mystery – they are simultaneously ethereal yet equally exuding a powerful physical presence that is vividly of this world. Often masked or withholding identity in some way, these women always retain self-possession and inhabit their own space – one which is mutable like that of a dream. A strange universe where a steam train can coalesce out of the miasma.
John respects the power of women in his photography, celebrating their beauty, paying homage to their softness and even fragility but also admitting their strength in body and spirit. Enveloped within their languorous rapture, they regard us askance with unassailable authority.
Photographs copyright © John Claridge
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