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Stourton II
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Stourton II

By Jake Polonsky


About the Art

My work is focused on the evocation of pure and ancient landscapes. These images are about picturing an unspoilt landscape, where evidence of modern human interference has been kept to a minimum. In attempting to preserve these environments by creating timeless pictures I try to evoke images from photography's origin. Working with infrared film and split toned prints, there is the feeling of an historical image, the sense of someone observing these places with a camera for the first time. Unlike the highly expensive precision tools I use in my cinematography, the Russian Horizon cameras I have been using for this work are plastic, part of the same aesthetic that has brought the Lomo and Holga cameras to prominence. It is in a way a very disposable camera - often I feel I make images with them despite the cameras rather than with their help. Yet the kinds of pictures they allow me to take seem to have a real affinity with infrared imagery. Kodak HIE infrared film is itself an endangered material. Now discontinued, it was originally used for aerial reconnaissance. Incredibly sensitive, it requires delicate handling, and its lack of an anti-halation backing makes it very liable to flare. But this also gives a magical quality to my subjects - the blown out highlights of living vegetation literally glow with light. Because the material itself has an unknown quality - it photographs part of the spectrum not visible to the naked eye – making images with HIE is not so much documenting or recording a landscape - as transforming it.

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About the Artist

Artists - Jake Polonsky

A graduate of the American Film Institute [LA] and the Royal College of Art [London] cinematography programmes, Jake has been working as a director of photography in London for fifteen years. While at the RCA he was awarded the Freddie Young/ BSC Cinematography scholarship, and won the Arriflex award from his camerawork in the Fuji Film Scholarship of 1996.

He has shot hundreds of music videos, working with some of the biggest names in popular music - including Robbie Williams, the Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt, Athlete, and Groove Armada - and was nominated for best cinematography at the CADS Music Video awards in 2002, 2005 and 2006, winning in 2004. His camerawork has been featured in the following magazines - Shots, Promo, Creative Review and Broadcast. In 2002 he was named Best Young Camera/ Lighting Person by Broadcast magazine.

He operated for DoP Pierre Lhomme, AFC on the Merchant Ivory film'Cotton Mary' [2000]. In 2004 he shot episodes of the TV shows 'Spooks' and 'Hustle', both for the BBC. In 2005 he photographed the thriller 'Secret Smile' for Granada starring David Tennant and Kate Ashfield and in 2007 the opening episodes of 'Primeval,' a new prime time series for ITV starring Douglas Henshall. In 2011 he shot the first part of Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror' for Channel 4 ['National Anthem'], which has since won an International Emmy and the Golden Rose for Best Comedy at Montreux.

Jake has been a fine art photographer for over twenty years; recently his artworks have focused on panoramic infrared landscapes taken in locations across the globe. Jake has exhibited at the Photographers Workshop Exhibition, London, 1994; Square Art Show London, 2007; The Association of Photographers Gallery, 2007; Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, 2007; Kiddell Gallery, Sotheby's, 2009.


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