Red lighthouse, 2010 by Michael Bodiam
Michael Bodiam is now a very familiar name to those of you who watch this space. After participating in the 2010 HHS! showcase group show at Jen Bekman Gallery and making his 20x200 debut, we interviewed the 2010 Hot Shot for a second time to get some more insight (and advice for prospective Hot Shots). Shortly after the interview, we received a fresh submission from Bodiam, and now we can finally see what he has been up to.
Blue tower, 2010 by Michael Bodiam
Clearly a departure from previous series Dickins & Jones, which exclusively consists of artificially-lit interior shots, this new body of work—shot over six weeks in Chile and Argentina at the end of 2010—is bright and airy by contrast. At first glance, it might just seem like a series of random objects without much connection between images. Look a little more carefully; you might notice that shapes and patterns begin to form. Photography, after all, is often just what the eye can make out in the visual chaos that is the world. Bodiam explains the new series in his statement:
I have always been attracted to blocks of color and geometrical shapes, and so when I come across such a thing, I have a strong desire to record it. For a long time I have taken this kind of picture without really thinking about it. Just before I left for South America, I was experimenting on an edit of some of these types of images and it was at this point that I decided that this was going to be the way that I photographed the places I went to. By pursuing an observational theme over a series of images, a shifting of context occurs, especially when the images are viewed consecutively. Everyday objects take on a new heightened sculptural or graphical relevance. As a result, the images become more abstracted—they now say much less about a place and more about color and composition.
Two cylinders, 2010 by Michael Bodiam
Michael Bodiam is a London-based photographer who travels extensively for his work. He graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth with a honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art Photography. Bodiam works on both commissioned and self-commissioned photographic projects. His personal work has been featured in publications such as Dazed & Confused, WIRED, Marmalade and DayFour. Prior to becoming a 2010 Hot Shot and exhibiting at Jen Bekman Gallery, he had exhibited at the Royal Academy (London), the Royal West of England Academy and the HOST Gallery.