Praia Piquinia by Christian Chaize

Spotlight on August 18, 2011 7:43 am

Praia Piquinia by Christian Chaize. See more, here. Also, this project will up at the Jen Bekman gallery starting Oct 27. Obsessions pay off.

Artist statement:

“Seven years ago, Portugal did present itself as a new landscape in my life – both literally and metaphorically. Since then, I have photographed exclusively along a very small stretch of its southern coastline. Returning to this specific place, I’ve sought out its nuances. In doing so, I have peeled back layers of how I see, and how I experience this magical environment.

The results of my slight obsession have evolved into two distinct series. Here are two images from Praia Piquinia, a body of work focusing on a singular, secluded beach front in which all of the pictures are taken from essentially the same elevated angle. What the still life was for Morandi, this beach is for me. From a distance, I observe the variables: light, weather, time of day, the ebb and flow of the ocean, and the sunbathers, unaware, below my large format camera. The images are shot vertically, a departure from the traditional, horizontal format in landscape photography. It puts my subject matter in the form of a portrait – an ongoing record of this ethereal yet playful nook in nature over the minutes, the days, the years. Ultimately, I try to instill an element of time within these captured moments… visceral time, elastic from one image to another. And always, I seek to have new eyes.”



Christian Chaize - Praia Piquinia 06/08/04 - From website

Christian Chaize - Praia Piquinia 20/08/05 - From website

Christian Chaize - Praia Piquinia 19/08/06 - From website

Christian Chaize - Praia Piquinia 07/08/09 - From website

Christian Chaize - Praia Piquinia 25/08/10 - From website

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