Shot using the classic Hollywood ‘day for night’ technique, the austerely elegant works in Kate Ballis' series 'Glacé Noir' depict the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina from varying angles, unearthing a series of ambiguous landscapes that play on light, tone, texture and scale. The photographs capture a serene stillness in time and space while simultaneously revealing a glacial underworld heaving with life force.
The dark, inky tones juxtaposed with puddles of celestial blues exude an almost intergalactic aesthetic. Invoking a sense of ambiguity as to the time and place of each photo, the artist emphasises the notion of day as night and night as day with interchangeable light that outlines mystery and intrigue in each depiction.
"The images are neither day nor night and are devoid of sky, which makes you feel like you are encapsulated in the slow moving stillness of the glacier. You can feel the breath of the glacier and the blood-like liquid flowing through its venous canals," says Ballis.
Nature as inspiration is a core ingredient in Ballis’s ethos and has been a recurring subject for the artist, finding beauty and form in the earth’s elements, exploring the patterns and textures found within the natural world and combining scale and context to create images that, while being wholly grounded in reality, feel other-worldly and intensely capture the imagination.