All images: © Darren Almond (Courtesy of the artist)
“What a relief it would be if these images were created by a deliberate reticence on the part of the artist. While reticence could reveal an understanding of the world, hesitation means standing between succeeding spatial-temporal dimensions and watching something slip by the side. No matter how closely we approach flowers and trees, they hide nothing, but the effect of the weather and the landscape on our senses can be clearly felt.” – Toshiyuki Horie
British artist Darren Almond has been known for his works using variety of media, including sculpture, films as well as photography. This book titled “The Civil Dawns” consists of 2 photographic series. “Civil Dawn@Giverny” is a series of photographs taken in the Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny in the winter and summer, while “Civil Dawn@Mt. Hiei” photographed Mount Hiei in Japan. The images of both series are captured by exposing to the momentary light of the break of dawn.
Born in 1971 in Wigan, UK, and currently lives and works in London. Almond has been invited to do solo exhibitions by major institutions including The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1999), De Appel (2001), Tate Britain (2001), Kunsthalle Zürich (2001) and K21, Düsseldorf (2005). In 2005 he was nominated for the Turner Prize and also participated in important group exhibitions such as Sensation (1997-1999), Berlin Biennale (2001), Venice Biennale (2003) and Tate Triennale (2009).