Stray From the Path; a talk by Joel Redman

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An online talk by Joel Redman with up to 100 places.  

Joel Redman’s quiet, gentle, and considered work permeates conversations around the land, communities, nature, our environment and man's footprint. Joel’s images have a distinct aesthetic, a lightness, a subtlety of tone.

This talk will predominantly explore a body of work titled “Stray From The Path” which Joel undertook in the desert of Death Valley, California. As well as touching on his wider practice as a photographer. The series considers the fragility of one within the landscape and man's interaction with it.

There is undeniably a certain romance to visiting the desert. The idea of wandering off and disappearing into it is a thought that you carry with you at times. Edna Brush Perkins in her travelogue “The Heart of Mojave” remarks on this feeling in the following extract:

“When you are there, face to face with the earth and the stars and time day after day, you cannot help feeling that your role, however gallant and precious, is a very small one. This conviction, instead of driving you to despair as it usually does when you have it inside the walls of houses, releases you very unexpectedly from all manner of anxieties. You are frightfully glad to have a role at all in so vast and splendid a drama and want to defend it as well as you can, but you do not trouble much over the outcome because the desert mixes up your ideas about what you call living and dying.”

This body of work is a gentle reflection on the subtleties of topography found within the Mojave desert, the designated pathways that we follow, that manage our journey, and draw tourism to her geographical highlights, that dance played between our conscious and subconscious decisions to be led through the landscape or to “Stray From The Path”.

Joel Redman is a photographer based in Bristol. He shoots editorial, cultural, and commercial commissions for marquee clients as well as his own personal projects. Selected clients and partners have included The Guardian, The Telegraph, The New Yorker, Monocle, GEO Magazine, The UN, WWF, Wetransfer, Fisheye Magazine, and Der Spiegel. Joel has been exhibited at The Royal Academy of Art, The National Portrait Gallery as well as receiving numerous international recognitions and awards for his work. Joel also works regularly with the indigenous led charity “If Not Us Then Who”, supporting and mentoring indigenous photographers and content creators, as they fight to protect their homes, their ancestral way of life, and the earth's forests and biodiversity.

There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the talk.

Ticket sales will close on 5 June to allow time to process bookings and send the video link to participants.  A link to join the talk will be emailed to participants shortly after this.

All images: Joel Redman / INSTITUTE   www.joelredman.com

Event times are stated in UK time.

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Mark Reeves


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