About the artworkDry Stone Walls Ageing dry stone walls may not at first appear to be the most striking subject for prints 3m wide, but the physical size of these photographs offers clarity of detail far beyond the normal gaze; only when viewed close-up does the depth of nature’s artistry become evident. Think of it as having the luxury of viewing the individual brushstrokes on an Old Master instead of peering at it over the heads of other visitors. Benjamin’s interest lies in the patina created through the action of weathering and the unhurried pace of the lichen and other flora slowly re-claiming the surfaces. Imagine a plain wall in a gallery. A builder arrives with a chisel to chip away at the plaster revealing not the anticipated bricks and mortar, but instead a vibrant micro landscape. The newly-created space becomes an outside world, a living garden on the wall. Prints of this image at other sizes are available.
Benjamin Rice has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. He comments, â€œWhen I was five, I borrowed dadâ€™s camera and took a picture of some pink lupins in the garden. A week later, the envelope arrived back from the chemists and I could hardly believe the magic; the flowers were alive on the print but dead in the garden.â€
His goal is to present nature in a fashion that few have shown it before, by challenging the conventional approach of exhibiting landscape photography. After art school, he experimented with many camera techniques before becoming a photographic artist. He has travelled to nearly 60 countries in pursuit of the perfect location, before returning to his studio in London.
Benjamin employs a massive physical scale combined with the exquisite precision of close-up detail, exploring the idea of nature managed; the fusion of nature with human intervention in prints up to 3m wide. He elevates elements that might at first appear to be mundane, to be more memorable; to highlight what many of us simply ignore as we pass by in our daily routine.
His projects include a study of natureâ€™s incremental re-possession of dry stone walls: a commentary on Japanese exterior horticultural design through the prism of the carefully parked bicycles: the majestic transformation visible over a year in a single urban cherry tree: a series of vertical - not horizontal - landscapes: an international exploration into different species of solitary trees: and an observation of how abandoned last-century American vehicles, given sufficient time, once again become works of art themselves.