COASTLINES is Circle Contemporary’s first fine art photography exhibition. Joni Sternbach and Caroline Vera Marrack are contemporary artists who favour analogue photography. In a world of digital media their photographs are taken with the constraints of vintage film cameras – resulting in poetically arresting images.
Paying homage to the vintage photographic techniques and equipment used, the opening weekend of the show will also feature a camera obscura pop-up by Tim Hutton, Environmentalist, photographer and yurt maker.
New York based photographer Joni Sternbach takes black and white portraits of surfers around the globe. She creates large-format Tintype photographs which document surfing culture in a way reminiscent of the ‘wild west’ pioneers of early photography. Joni was runner up at the 2017 Taylor Wessing photography award at the National Portrait Gallery.
Caroline Vera Marrack is an artist who writes and takes photographs. She keeps her old rangefinder camera (popular with New York street photographers of the 1960’s) with her to capture something of her day, whether walking in an anonymous foreign street or walking her homeland cliffs of north Cornwall. The photographs for ‘Coastlines’ are deeply physical; we sense the human body treading, touching and brushing past the geology of Cornwall’s ancient landscape.