Out of Nature – art in landscape

I’ve no idea why, but I often struggle with 3D art in a gallery. A space that seems perfectly suited to a flat two dimensional image somehow seems inadequate to a piece of sculpture. I suppose a painting or photograph operates on a plane, and you never see beyond that surface.

With a piece of three dimensional art, you can always see round and beyond it, and that, for me, always causes problems, because what you see beyond or around the sculpture affects your response to it.

Enter Out of Nature, a sculpture exhibition outdoors in the grounds of Newport House, Almeley, Herefordshire. Associated with the Foley family of Great Witley,  the Watt’s of steam engine fame, and Shakespeare’s Falstaff, Newport House is hosting the exhibition till October 25 2015.

There are sculptures that look like art, and sculptures that look like fun. Organic sculptures by Kate Raggett that have the fragrance of country fruit, and wooden carvings by Ed Elliott, one of which fits nicely in with the current ITV series based in Herefordshire, Midwinter of the Spirit, a somewhat lumpy and unsatisfying tale of demonry in the county.







But the main thing is, the sculptures are in their natural setting, which makes a world of difference to how you see them.







There’s a cafe, it only costs five quid to get in, and you can lose yourself for several hours in the lovely surrounds of a Herefordshire house that you probably never knew existed.

The artists are friendly and approachable, I ate some of Kate Raggett’s sculpture (with her permission) and what else can you get for a fiver nowadays?

Pop along, have a moan at art and all that, then come away realising that another world exists alongside your current one, and there’s a fair chance that there is more over the horizon too.

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  1. Brendan October 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Great stuff as ever. One thing I always notice in your images is the ‘strength’ of the colours. Is that in the image captured or a bit of post image filter applying? Is it the camera? You know … “how do you do that then?”. In this set it would be the first image that shows it most clearly – the green is really green!

    • philloach52 October 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

      In this case it’s probably several things Brendan. These images were taken on a Fuji camera, the X-E1. Years ago, in the days of film photography, Fuji were known for manufacturing film that gave strong primary colours, and Fuji film stock became a ‘go to’ for landscape photographers, who required that strength of colour saturation.

      When Fuji started making digital cameras, and especially with the X series, they set out to create digital images that corresponded to that original colour map, and created processors that provided similar results to their original films.

      Added to this is the timing of the photograph. Shot at around 5pm, there is an element of UV light in the picture, which gives an added strength to the cooler hues, such as green and blue.

      Then there is any colour adjustment I have made for aesthetic reasons, and any localised burning or dodging (darkening or lightening) would also have an effect on the colour value.

      Smoke and mirrors. Thanks for the comment. Phil.

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