“Krisjan Rossouw’s debut exhibition was something of a phenomenon – almost overwhelmingly lush with beautiful models in a tropical setting saturated with colour and sensuality. Dark Paradise it was fittingly called and a hard act to follow.
In his new exhibition we never dreamt of seas… Rossouw has moved to a more austere and elegant palette but the sensuality is still there. His extraordinary technique and pitch perfect eye is joined with a wonderful ability to allow the models to be part of the process in making these lovely images as compelling as they are aesthetic.”
'we never dreamt of seas...', my second solo exhibition, continues the exploration of identity and silent triumph of the subjects I photograph, first established in my debut series, ‘Dark Paradise’.
As with ‘Dark Paradise’, the use of light and shadow, of ‘painting with light’ with non-traditional photographic lighting sources is a key signature of my stylistic approach. And as before, I believe each model I photograph remains an active collaborator to the process. We work together to find that brief moment of truth in the image. The previously poetic play of botanical accents from ‘Dark Paradise’ however now evolves to what I see as a deeper, more wistful study. An expression of self amidst the metaphor of broken, lost, and discarded things.
The still strength of will.
A quiet war won.