Edition number 8/20
Hand painted silver gelatin emulsion on paper
Image size: 120 x 107cm
Framed size: 130 x 118cm
Stephen Inggs: Fence Post (2004) is one of a series of works entitled "Residuum". This body of work consists of powerful yet delicate large scale photographs, each one hand-coated with silver gelatin emulsion onto 100% cotton mould-made BFK Rives paper.
Inggs isolates mainly found objects, both hand-made and from nature, usually worn and weathered. Presenting these overlooked relics as emblems of transience, he explores their history, cultural residue and meaning. They are all collected from or located in the Overberg region, particularly the small town of Stanford in the Cape; remnants and traces of this once remote farming community.
In much of his work there is a fascination with collecting, categorizing and recording the ordinary 'stuff of life'; bringing the traditional pre-occupations of not only the artist but also the anthropologist to each image. Inggs' classical methods are in stark contrast with his refreshingly contemporary sensibility, echoing modern masters such as Irving Penn and William Eggleston in his elegant and uncomplicated 'light sensitive drawings.'
The scale, form and texture of these beautiful prints reflect the very light and space of the South African landscape itself. Inggs has suggested that they provide an occasion for reflection and slowing down in an age that is saturated in images. A rare pleasure indeed.