Midnight Modern Series 5.
What began for Tom Blachford as a fateful discovery one night has developed into an ongoing series and exploration into the interplay between Architecture, Moonlight, Mountains and the tension of an unspoken narrative.
Shot using only the light of the full moon, the elements combined yield a cinematic result that invites the viewer to complete their own story beyond the single frame. Both nostalgic and original the scenes exist simultaneously between the past and the present, like portals through time. The evocative results have captivated Blachford to revisit Palm Springs for 7 full moons, including a Super Moon, over the course of 5 years.
Each trip, a pilgrimage to the desert to pay homage to these shrines of hedonism.
Initially shot covertly, Blachford now works closely with the community in Palm Springs. With the support of The Palm Springs Modernist Committee, Modernism Week, homeowners, car collectors and location scouts in the area. Blachford has been able to gain access to high profile properties such as the Kaufmann Residence, Frank Sinatra Twin Palms and the Frey II house as well as dozens of lovingly restored Alexander tract homes.
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About Tom Blachford
Working at the intersection of long exposure photography and exploration of the built environment Tom Blachford’s Fine Art Photographs seek to transform predictable and known environments into surreal and dreamlike worlds. Obsessed with capturing the moments of clarity, colour and mystery that exist just beyond the limits of our human perception Blachford explores the ability for his camera to bridge our worlds to dark worlds beyond our reach. Captivated by architecture, not only for its sculptural forms, Blachford’s images of homes, towns and suburbs act as the the stage for unwritten narratives that implore the viewer to script their own drama happening behind the walls of each scene. Using only existing light sources – the moon (Midnight Modern), The neon Lights of Tokyo (Nihon Noir) or the harsh street lights of LA (Noct Angeles) Blachford hunts for the overlooked cinematic moments in the everyday and works to distil them with a sense of mystery, unease and wonder. Tom’s work has been featured widely in architectural, art and design press (see press section around the world and has been exhibited and collected by art lovers across Australia, Europe and the USA. The monograph of Midnight Modern series was released in 2017 by New York publisher PowerHouse and is now onto its second edition of printing.