Norbert Schoerner Single Subject Study – Differing Light Conditions

This series draws our attention to the blurring distinctions between the depicted subject/scene and the transitory effects of light.

Drawing on the artistic practice of returning to a single place and a single subject, a type of repetition famously championed by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, these photographs work with different lighting conditions as a primary creative catalyst. The ostensibly tangible materiality of visible light/colours boldly occupies the space in front of the camera.

It is well known that Monet suffered from cataracts during the period of his life in Giverny, where all his iconic water lily paintings were completed. Schoerner is interested in how this clouding of vision influenced Monet’s way of seeing and approach to working with light. This series invites viewers to focus on the photographs themselves, not the scene depicted.