FEUTCHE BLATTER/MOIST LEAVES, MOIST SHEETS 1998
Rut Blees Luxemburg (1967 – )
- 150 X 180 CM
- C-TYPE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT ON ALUMINIUM
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Rut Blees Luxemburg uses a particularly long exposure time in the shooting of her night time London cityscapes, which has the effect of removing any human evidence or activity from the frame. Emptied streets, gloomy tower blocks and deserted car parks take on a dramatic glamour and even the grittiest scene, such as the foliage reflected in the dirty puddle in this work, becomes a thing of beauty. As nature is increasingly seen as endangered and in need of protection from civilisation, it is confined within designated gardens and wilderness areas – the urban equivalent being the glass atria of city offices, bursting with perfect tree specimens. The vestiges of nature which have survived in haphazard urban locations, doubtless the cultivating efforts of a previous century, awaken in us a romantic image of the ‘real’ urban landscape. In this photograph the citizens of London have apparently vanished, but they have left their traces in the landscape.
Landscape, The British Council 2000