TRANSVISION an exhibition of photography
La Petite Galerie, 35 rue de Seine, Paris, 75006
16 29th July 2007
Michael Ridleys work is a fusion of two styles documentary and art
photography. Born in the UK, his formative years in Asia and interest in Buddhism
influence his approach to recording the hidden face of a European capital. His photographs
merge the boundaries of painting, photography and philosophy, exploring and reflecting
contemporary culture and ideas of identity and sexuality.
Ridleys photography is unchanged by computer or darkroom manipulation.
It is a reaction against the conversion of the living world into black &
greys, which he believes has become the uniform of art and classic documentary reportage
photography. By introducing unfamiliar ways of using light, form, focus and colour he
transforms what he sees into images that seem questioning, ambiguous and somewhat
In this exhibition, colour expresses reality, capturing changing emotional and
metaphorical images of a floating world. It is his approach to and nature of
juxtapositions within the image that sets his work apart. Ridleys photographs seem
to be less about a particular subject than where the subject lies in space and how the
light falls to illuminate it and its surroundings.
In the late 80s Michael Ridley became captivated with Paris. Since then he
has visited the city whenever he could to satisfy his obsession with photographing with
affection and humour, its spirit and essence, especially the left bank.
He sees behind the obvious, to the hidden detail, with a penetrating attention
to the invisible part of an image within. Transvision is the first public show of his
Paris photography in France.
His images penetrate the familiar to discover a private art of accident and
intent behind the familiar, floating somewhere between reality and fiction, often
reflected through transient objects with a wonderful sense of abstraction and colour. They
are entirely holistic maintaining the hand of the artist throughout.
Michael Ridley believes that meaning and empathy can be captured and
communicated by the camera. His images keep the values of classic humanist documentary
photography, looking, perceiving and interpreting. The meaning of any individual image can
be perceived in a number of ways and is intrinsically linked to the viewers personal
deconstruction of the photograph.