In today’s world people have little time to sit still and enjoy the freedom of unwinding. Considering our socially interconnected world, it may seem unnecessary, superfluous or even a waste of time. But the art of doing nothing is becoming part of our distant past and could be interpreted as laziness or antisocial. But time for yourself is just as important as time with other people.
In this series ‘Escapes’ each image has been captured and selected to allow the viewer to embrace stillness, an excuse for respite, to take a breather and enjoy a moment of escape. Think of it as a personal invitation to that moment the photograph was made.
Many of the photographs in this series are long exposures, which Anthony has always liked, due to the ethereal qualities these images can produce. But they also give him time to reflect, as many exposures can take up to two to four minutes. This time allows him to remove thoughts of daily mundanity and to fully appreciate, experience, and digest the details of the landscape he’s photographing. Anthony explains, “While in the field, there can be conflict between experiencing full embodiment within the landscape and compositional exploration. Extended exposure times allow me to freeze time through slower shutter speeds, which conversely gives me more time to absorb the spirit and character of the landscape.
Anthony’s dedication to his craft and exploration of different emotions of a place, allow him to capture and convey the profound beauty and emotion that exist in the world. By studying the interplay of light, shadow, colour, and composition, he creates captivating images that transcend the ordinary. Anthony not only invites others to experience the world alongside him, but also takes them on a journey to see the world through his own unique perspective.
Anthony’s idyllic objective is to awaken a sense of wonder, awe, or even melancholy, reminding us of the vast array of emotions and experiences that decipher us all as human beings. The art of stillness is becoming a luxury, but a luxury that costs nothing, only time. Let’s take a moment and escape into the mind and the artistic vision of Anthony Lamb.
Over the years of photographing the Arabian Desert, my appreciation for the desert flora and fauna became heightened due to the minimalistic landscape emphasising their presence. The trees became more than a point of geographical reference. They were telling the story; they are the story. Unbearable summer heat combined with almost freezing night-time temperatures during the winter months and consistent sand blasting, strips the bark from many of the younger saplings. I started to question how anything could survive in such an unforgiving environment. It became apparent that some trees and shrubs that once stood, now have their roots exposed to the unforgiving sun or are buried by sand due to the ever-changing movement of the desert dunes. Documenting these narratives of survival seemed like a small act of acknowledgment, a nod of respect. The portraits in this series verge on abstraction, minimalistic, ethereal, offering viewers glimpses of information functioning on a metaphorical level as well as a documentary one.
Sizes (without frame, without mount) and Editions
30 x 30 cm – Edition of 15
50 x 50 cm – Edition of 7
106 x 106 cm – Edition of 5
74 x 51 cm – Edition of 10
100 x 70 cm – Edition of 7
130 x 89 cm – Edition of 7
185.5 x 127 cm – Edition of 3
100 x 80 cm – Edition of 10
109 x 89 cm – Edition of 7
134.5 x 109 cm – Edition of 7
162.5 x 132 cm – Edition of 3