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Night Water I, Sam Taylor-Johnson |


For the series of pictures called Night Water, Sam Taylor-Wood photographed Aaron Johnson late at night in the pool of the Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles. Transformed by the blurring effects of the water, the figure takes on a painterly appearance, giving the photograph an otherworldly quality that transcends its setting. The chiaroscuro and limited palette bring to mind Pictorialism, the early Modernist movement in photography that strived to make pictures that were haunting and evocative, stirring the viewer’s imagination. As is often the case, Taylor-Wood has used the body as an expressive instrument to conjure deep, elemental emotions.
The quoted dimensions are for the paper size. The image size is 16" x 12..063."