Metal Unmasked in Benedict Redgrove's Photography

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There’s beauty in seeing an object taken out of context, as evidenced in the work of Benedict Redgrove. His series of photographs* of the Renault Formula One facilities reveals a beauty in a perhaps unlikely subject: Exhaust components.

The focused depiction allows the metal to exude a non-metallic mood. The surfaces appear soft and the textures have the sheen of skin tissue. Their manifold shape pulsates with organic volume.

They appear unworldly. What ultimately lends them their transcendent character is contexttheir fit into an elaborate array of moving parts.  They support John Maeda’s fifth law of Simplicity, which states Simplicity and complexity need each other. By themselves, the exhaust mechanisms are simple, but it is their context that gives them an unexpected halo of complexity.

Redgrove’s other photographic interpretations of metal-themed compositions showcase the sharp and sophisticated nature of things on and off the ground, from automobiles to aviation:

Whether by land or air, I believe metal is a muse in Redgrove’s lens. His photography doesn’t take metal’s formal and functional versatility for granted. Most of all, his work sends an important reminder: Look for the extraordinary quality in objects whose frequent wear and tear and seemingly pedestrian sight may be misjudged as ordinary.

* Discovered via blog Daily Icon

Nate Burgos

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