red dried petals float above a photograph of a pale pink poppy with a deep black centre

Working on the surface

Gunnie Moberg enjoyed applying paint to the surface of some of her photographs, straddling her reputation as a photographer and her aspiration to work with paint. The photograph has become something for the artist to play with, adding real grass to a photograph of grasses, layering the actual on the represented. Then rephotographing the results.

a photograph of dew jewelled grasses are laid with actual grasses on top of the surface of the image, the grasses in the photograph are out of focus and moving in the wind

a photograph of dew jewelled grasses are laid with actual grasses on top of the surface of the image

In a print box Gunnie has stored several of her worked photographs. In these the image is a starting point. The photograph is the object not the image and the worked photograph becomes the artwork. Of course photographs can be object and image at the same time. It is difficult sometimes in this digital time to think about photographs as objects, often today’s photographs never become objects we can hold, existing only on screens for a time.

So here on your screen for a time enjoy some of the worked photographs of Gunnie Moberg. And if you would like to see the prints themselves come along to the Open Day at Orkney Library and Archive, Kirkwall on Friday 6 September 11-1 or 2-5. This print box is just one in the collection that  we will be opening up on the day.

A yellow flower about to open buzzes with colour against a blue sky, on top of the photograph is a wheel of a dried flower with four segmented leaves

A black pot holds an arrangement of wild flowers, they sit on a table in the far right of the photograph. All around the background has been painted out in patches of blues and warm mauves

Poppy buds hang strangley among the leaves, areas between the leaves are painted out in blues and greens

the dried red petals of a flower drape over the surface of an image of buesting pink flowers

Pale dried roses on a background of painted greys, on top of the photograph lie dried small lantern-like buds, tight and papery

A black cat sits on a table looking down at a still life of a yellow pepper and two white carnations, the background has been painted out in warm browny greys

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