John’s major solo show for 2010, ‘Sub Saharan Journeys: Ethiopia and Namibia’ opens in London at the 3 Bedfordbury gallery in Covent Garden on Friday July 9th.
The show highlights nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoralists from across southern Ethiopia and Namibia, and is the first show to feature John's colour portraits.
The societies featured in this show have over centuries adapted perfectly to the irregular blessings of pasture and water in their regions. More recently, however, external pressures such as expanding urbanization, unfavourable government policies and environmental factors including drought now threaten the viability of this way of life.
The show features entirely new work with a 9 large, colour compositions & 15 black and white portraits consistent with the style of John's past London shows. Accompanying the pictures will be John's writing which provides the context of the meetings with each of the remarkable people in this show. Each intimate picture, when combined with John's writing, provides an insight into the day to day lives of those living in these areas of few and uncertain resources.
John’s style of portraiture is achieved without using flash or studio equipment; he simply uses natural light reflected from the ground. This illumination, subtle in intensity & effect, reaches gently inside the darkness of village huts to create compositions that are both striking and beautifully simple.
- Date & Time : Friday, July 9th at 12:00pm to Saturday, July 31st at 7:00pm
- Venue : 3 Bedfordbury Gallery, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4BP