As if from an Antarctic landscape cold blue light ekes out of the
images of French artist Nicolas Moulin. His photographs are of glimpses
of architecture against expanses of clear blue skies. Through his photography
Moulin transforms the concrete exteriors of buildings into landscapes
which compare in barren beauty to the earth's Polar Regions.
Moulin's work 'Pole' is an audiovisual installation on display at Gallery
Koyanagi in Ginza. About 80 slides are continuously projected to the accompaniment
of a grinding, base sound effect. The images shiver to the sounds produced
by a record needle endlessly vibrating across a record. Sounding somewhere
between audio feedback and the chanting of Buddhist Monks, it is a haunting
accompaniment to the stark images.
Expanses of concrete -- wastelands of geometric grey -- vast against blue
skies form the only subject in these images. They are clinical in execution
and the subject Ð fragments of architecture Ð appear monumental. There
are no signs of human activity making it are difficult to gauge scale.
The photographs are bleached in stark light and saturated in a blue hue.
The blueness is enhanced by Moulin's use of tungsten film with daylight
photography, instead of its usual use with interior artificially lit work.
Moulin's photography brilliantly captures the strong angles and contrasts
of light and shadow across the sparse surfaces of buildings. Using a low
camera angle he creates an artificial horizon using the edges of the buildings
against the sky. This viewpoint and the eerie light in his work transform
ordinary concrete rooftops, walls and ventilation boxes into other worldly