A mirror for the seasons; balm for the soul; an antidote to the times.
My dialogue with the River Dove started in 2012 and continues today. Photographing water changed the way that I view my camera - rather than being a box that records the landscape, it is a tool that lends itself to creative interpretations - only our imagination and our tendency to adhere to precedent limit us. I’ve moved away from what many people expect photographs to be. Rather than being a straight record, my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. The river has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.
Freed from the land that bounds it, water has a life of its own, an ever changing interaction with light, land and season. There is an obvious beauty to be found but we tend to underestimate how this changes with time and how important movement is to our experience of the landscape. The images that you see are created in camera and not at a computer: longer exposures and subject movement result in works that have frequently been mistaken for paintings. I print all but the largest images myself onto fine art paper which emphasises their painterly quality.
Michela Griffith’s abstract images celebrate the beauty and diversity of water in motion, and its ever changing interaction with light, land and season. This ‘Liquid Light’ has also inspired her to experiment with movement in and through the landscape. By working locally and through experimentation she has developed a clear vision and a distinctive style.
Michela has a rarified photographic vision, her understated themes result in images of great stillness and beauty. She turns the everyday into the universal in photographs that are positioned in a place between the representational and the abstract.
Jo Rose, Curator, The Joe Cornish Galleries