On the 1st March I visited the Jo Whaley exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey (once home to William Henry Fox Talbot).
I just happened to be reading in Graham Clarke’s book “The Photograph” the chapter “the Photograph as Fine Art”. He quotes that the Mexican-born writer Marius De Zayas posed the question as to whether photography was an art. De Zayas – “photography is not Art, but photographs can be made into Art”. This is certainly what Jo Whaley has achieved where she “constructs mesmerizing scenes with vibrantly colored bugs (butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, and more) that echo the tradition of natural history dioramas, but are artfully placed against weathered, manmade backgrounds. The result is a compelling marriage of natural and artificial, art and science.” (Amazon.com).
I feel Jo Whaley’s works come more into the category of “The Photograph as Fine Art” than the heading of the next chapter by Graham Clarke “The Photograph Manipulated”.
Close-up photographs of insects, moths and butterflies revel in their jewel-like colours, delicate structures and ornamental beauty.