Exploring the turbulence and grace of the sea, British artist Rachael Talibart’s “OCEANS & ODYSSEYS” solo exhibition at Sohn Gallery features serene and inquisitive seascapes, as well as works from her popular “Sirens” series.
As a child, Talibart spent a great deal of time on her father’s sailboat exploring the coastlines of France and the Netherlands.
“I spent ages staring at the waves and used to imagine creatures in the sea,” says Talibart in an article from Wired Magazine. This left her with a life-long fascination for the ocean in all of its forms.
Talibart admits that she is both frightened and fascinated by the sea. Her Sirens series embodies hidden figures that seem to emerge from the water. Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, Talibart gives each image in this body of work the name of a mythological god or goddess. A fast 1/1000 of a second shutter speed and a reduced color palette allows Talibart to capture the waves in a sculptural form.
In an article from Colossal, Talibart reflects on her relationship with the sea, “It makes small, unimportant things of us all yet, at the same time, it is exhilarating and profoundly life affirming.”
Outdoor Photography Magazine called Rachael Talibart “one of the best outdoor photographers working in the UK today”, and a “landscape master” in 2016. In 2016 she also received the Sunday Times Magazine’s Award in Landscape Photographer of the Year. Many accolades followed suit, including winning the title, Black and White Photographer of the Year 2018, and her Sirens series was successful in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards, also in 2018.
Her photographs have been published in books and in print and online magazines. They have been exhibited widely in the UK as well as the US and appear in private collections all over the world. Rachael is the owner of f11 Workshops, providing photography day workshops in the South of England. She is an experienced public speaker and writes for photography magazines.
Sohn Fine Art was founded in 2011, by photographer Cassandra Sohn, in Lenox, Massachusetts, the heart of the Berkshires. The gallery is one of SouthBrooklyn’s favorites and this exhibit looks not to be missed.