Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs have long captured our attention. We gazed for what seemed like hours at his seascapes, the frame always divided equally between sea and sky, water and air. The sea always calm, but the horizon sometimes blurred by mist or darkness. They were wonderful, calming, elemental.
Sugimoto’s new photographs are still elemental though this time they are brittle, full of contradictions. Crackling with energy they are somehow still calming. They are of violent electrical charges, but could be of frost on a window, patterns caught in ice or creatures in the deepest sea – they are of fire, light and heat, but can be seen as water, darkness and cold. They are beautiful.