Simon Brown: Standing in the Corner

December 1, 2015
December 31, 2015

The Richard Young Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition by leading Interiors and Still Life Photographer, Simon Brown. ‘Standing in the Corner’, the collection of limited edition prints from Brown features hauntingly beautiful interiors and location-inspired still life from a collection of houses across England, Ireland and France.

Brown, well known for interior and lifestyle photography published in magazines around the world, shot the pictures between 2008 and 2013 and says: ‘What I love is the imperfection of natural light and the genial chaos you can find in houses around the world. On location I only use daylight with long exposures which seems to capture the feel and senses of a place.’

Brown’s pictures feature colours, textures and spaces that chart architectural decay and convey a grandeur of past lives whose spirits still seem to linger in a host of beautiful rooms and passages.

Inspired by these locations he then shot a series of images at his West London studio, Willoughby House, from antique kitchen spoons and cabbages to raspberries and hand whisks. ‘I shot these objects in what I saw as mini theatre sets, which elevates everyday objects into something ethereal and extraordinary. Again these pictures are shot with only the daylight which falls through the 14ft high north facing window of my studio. Northern light, much favoured by the Dutch Masters of the 16th Century, has a magical balance of high light to shadow and remains constant.’

Susan Young, Gallery Director, whose gallery has been open since 2005, says, ‘Simon Brown has an extraordinary ability to portray a haunting beauty in so much of his work. His eye for quirky detail and his skill in bringing a sense of who once occupied a room is a rare talent that brings life to his pictures. You just can’t stop looking at them and wondering...’

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