April 16, 2014
Magic and reality
For The Herald
Material that can be found everywhereArt is magic. This magic appears in many, different ways. It can be real or totally fantastic, created in the artist’s head and soul, originating stories. It can also be the product of well handled tools on matte, becoming sublime objects to be admired by everybody who approach them, or just treasured by a millionaire in his or her enclave. Photography is among the latter objects. Its material can be found anywhere and can become art if it falls in the right hands, those of a person who has the necessary elements and knows what to do with them. A talented photographer can be just that right person, given the proper circumstances, in which he can turn a piece of mere information into a work of art that can gladden the soul.
Laurent Thurin-Nat is that kind of person, the kind that can turn a magic, fleeting second into something eternal. His present show deals with the fantasy of imagination with everyday images that change according to the imagination of the beholder, especially because the images belong to the private role that the backstage of films have, preparing future images that may be reproduced according to people’s wishes at the will of whomever wants to reproduce them.
So Thurin-Nat recreates images of the inner world of films into works of art and turns them into other, independent works that can be reborn into each other, according to the viewer’s mind. The magically imaginative Thurin-Nat is a master in the technique of developing black and white film, a very able handler of light. Especially when he works with black and white lights which, according to photography lovers, is what separates the men from the boys, given the mysteries entailed in the dialogue between light and shade, the wonder that can be created between them and how they work in the viewer’s imagination and the way they recreate reality.
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