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TITLE : Review in Huffington Post, 19/05/2016
DATE : 06/05/2016 14:49

Boomoon - Skogar & Sansu


Acclaimed South Korean photographer, Boomoon, was enchanted by a waterfall he discovered at Skogar in Iceland in 2015.

Early one morning when the light was low, he waded waste-high into the cold water directly in front of it, so that the horizon in the pictures he took would be located precisely at the lower third of the frame.


He shot some several hundred black and white exposures, a series of six of which, including Skogar 384 (above) form the centrepiece of his new solo exhibition at London셲 Flowers Gallery.

Each of the Skogar photos captures the huge energy unleashed in the torrent of water. You can almost hear the roar of nature. The ever-changing cascades and veils of spray also record the subtle changes in focus and detail as the waterfall becomes this artist셲 canvas.

He has shot his subject horizontally in order to contrast the whiteness of the falls to the darkness of the river. The pictures are closely cropped to exclude all periphery detail and sense of scale. Boomoom attributes the crystalline clarity of his images to the stark purity of the northerly light.

쏻ater itself is not my main interest, he told me through an interpreter. 쏧셫 interested in phenomena - time, space and weather. Together they create a special, never-repeatable moment that I wanted to capture.


Where the site is important in the black-and-white prints, it셲 not the case with Waterfall 2069 (above). Shot later in the day, and given a shade of blue, the explosive energy of the water itself creates an almost abstract pattern.

쏧 was interested in the prism effect created by the interaction between the water and the sunlight, and the detail of the waterfall reminds me of the universe, the stars, the cosmos.

It셲 no surprise that Boomoon, now in his 60s, began his artistic studies as a painter before settling on photography.

Throughout the 1970s, he documented through his photographs the rapid changes that took place in Korean society, in particular the ever-widening contrast between urban and rural communities.

More and more though, he became drawn to natural phenomena and his works are now notable for their absence of human beings.

Boomoon has exhibited internationally and a major retrospective landscape series at the art museum in Daegu, his birthplace, confirmed his importance as a renowned photographic artist.


The most spectacular work in this show is the enormous (10 metres wide) Untitled 2561 (above) that was first displayed in the Salon d섽onneur at Paris Photo 2015. The large space of the Flowers Gallery셲 Hoxton branch is able to accommodate it suitably. Seeing it in the flesh is similarly the only way to do it justice. Producing prints of what he calls 쐃xhibition size has become something of a hallmark.

The photograph forms part of the Sansu section of the exhibition, meaning 쐌ountain water in Korean and consisting of landscapes taken over the past eight years.

Once again, there is no human presence in them and some critics have noted a tension between the eastern philosophy of a holistic assimilation of the self within nature, and the western romantic notion of man and nature as distinctive forces.

쏧셫 not a naturalist or an environmentalist, Boomoon explains. 쏝ut I find in nature a space for self-reflection.

Boomoon - Skogar and Sansu is showing at the Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP until 25 June.

All images are used with the permission of the artist and gallery.


공지사항 - 글보기
41   Opening at Flowers Gallery, London, 18/05/2016 06/10/2016
40   Review in Photominotor, 05/2016 06/05/2016
-   Review in Huffington Post, 19/05/2016 06/05/2016
38   AIPAD (The Association of International Photogrpahy Art Delaers) Show, New York, 14-17/04/2016 04/20/2016
37   Review on AIPAD New York in Don't Take Pictures 04/20/2016
36   Preview in British Journal of Photography, 14/04/2016 04/20/2016
35   Boomoon's work displayed at the US Embassy in Seoul 04/20/2016
34   Solo Exhibition "Skogar & Sansu" at Flowers Gallery, London, 18/05-25/06/2016 04/20/2016
33   Paris Photo 2015 11/09/2015
32   Boomoon's latest work at the Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam 2015 10/01/2015
31   Fairs in May 2015, with Flowers Gallery 05/31/2015
30   Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in New York (Mar. 2-8) 03/19/2015
28   Wall Street International preview Boomoon. Naksan 03/18/2015
27   Solo Exhibition 01/26/2015
26   "Human Nature-Boomoon, Nadav Kander, Mona Kuhn" at Flowers Gallery, London 01/26/2015
25   "Naksan #4277" is Art Miami's Work of the Day, 2 Dec. 2014 12/03/2014
24   Boomoon "Naksan#4277" at the Entrance of Art Miami 12/02/2014
23   Photo Shanghai 2014 09/04/2014
22   Article in Wall Street International, Saturday 15 March 2014 03/15/2014
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