This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Tom Blachford's 'Midnight Modern IV'

Creative People

This afternoon we preview the latest and final instalment in Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford’s long-running project ‘Midnight Modern’.

Opening at Michael Reid Sydney later this month, ‘Midnight Modern IV’ explores some of the outer reaches of the Modernist movement of architecture – bathed in moonlight.

19th January, 2018

‘Midnight Modern’ IV by Tom Blachford is on from January 31st to March 3rd at Michael Reid Sydney. Pictured here is ‘Abrigo Corner IV’. Photo – Tom Blachford.

For Tom, the Modernist homes of California stand as shrines to hedonism, cocktails and the sun! ‘356 Cielo, 2018’. Photo – Tom Blachford.

Shooting by the light of a full moon, he captures an alternative perspective of this series of iconic properties. ‘Blackpool, 2018’ Photo – Tom Blachford.

‘The images act as portals in time,’ tells the photographer. ‘1040 Ciello III, 2018’. Photo – Tom Blachford.

‘Jennings House II, 2018’. Photo – Tom Blachford.

‘Jannings House I, 2018’. Photo – Tom Blachford.

‘Futuro I, 2018’. Photo – Tom Blachford.

Elle Murrell
Friday 19th January 2018

‘Each image in the series invites the viewer to script their own narrative behind the walls of these amazing Modernist masterpieces.’ – Tom Blachford.

Prominent local lensman Tom Blanchford recently returned to his much-loved California to shoot the last in a four-part art photo series, entitled ‘Midnight Modern IV’. The new exhibition comprises 10 large-scale images championing dreamy Modernist architecture, alongside some pretty covetable cars and idyllic pools too!

Shot entirely at night (as with the rest of the series), there is a mysterious, nostalgic edge to Tom’s artistic captures. ‘For me it was alluring to show a dark side of the town so famous for its sunshine. The moonlight adds a dimension to things that is almost impossible for us to experience with our own senses,’ Tom tells in his promotion for this show.

The photographer also muses on California’s unique geography and how the state’s climate gives rise to a distinct, deep blue sky; a midnight blue and moonlight, which he finds to be ideal for his long-exposure technique. ‘Each image in the series, captured only by moonlight and devoid of people, creates a stage that invites the viewer to script their own narrative behind the walls of these amazing Modernist masterpieces,’ he adds.

Preceding series locations have included iconic properties such as the Kaufmann Desert House, Edris House and Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate. This time around, look out for the ‘alien landscapes’ of John Lautner’s visionary Sheats Goldstein Residence, and The Black Desert House by Oller and Pejic.

As Tom’s exposures distill any number of imagined tales into a single moment, it’s as easy to believe that these iconic properties had been documented in the 1950s rather than present-day. Just as the photographer intended, this only adds to the intrigue: ‘the images act as portals in time, where it seems these moments exist in both places at once.’

‘Midnight Modern’ IV by Tom Blachford
January 31st to March 3rd
Opening Night, Saturday February 10th
Michael Reid Sydney
Mezzanine Level, 105 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, Sydney

View Comments

Similar Stories

Photography

Derek Swalwell · WEST

The architecture of Los Angeles and Las Vegas captured in a new photographic exhibition, opening in Melbourne this week.

Creative People

Scott Newett · Tao Chien

The Melbourne-based photographer captures a pervading stillness in the world’s most populous state for an astounding new personal series a...
Elle Murrell

Photography

Kate Ballis

The Melbourne photographer captures Palm Springs in infrared, and eerie glacial landscapes.
Elle Murrell

This Week

01:01:05

Podcast

TDF Talks With Chef-Turned-Sustainable-Farmer Paul West

A surprisingly hilarious chat with the River Cottage Australia host, covering his atypical career path, and his philosophies on living a mor...

Architecture

A Thoroughly Tactile Terrace

Bringing new light and life to a narrow North Fitzroy home, with Olaver Architecture.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

Hello 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards Shortlist

Celebrating design longevity with the State’s top residential architecture projects.
Elle Murrell

Food

Alice Zaslavsky's Gefilte Fish Fritters

There’s no Passover dish that sparks more of a reaction than gefilte fish, so today we share the perfect 'gateway' recipe!
Alice Zaslavsky

Homes

A Family Rental With Real Heart

The Caufield Californian bungalow of interior designer Sara Levitas, her Rabbi husband Noam, and family.

News

WIN $500 To Spend At The New Australian HAY Online Store!

You could win $500 to spend at this just-launched e-shop for the Danish design icons, thanks to Cult!

TDF Collect

Announcing Our Next Exhibition, Elizabeth Barnett's 'Blue'

A new body of work from Macedon artist Elizabeth Barnett, opening Saturday April 27th at our Collingwood gallery.

News

The Bold And Brilliant Exhibition ‘Fashioning Black Identity’

African and African diaspora fashion, photography and portraiture at Cairns Art Gallery.
Miriam McGarry

News

Ebony Truscott's Modern Day Masterpieces

A stunning exhibition of still-life paintings on now in Collingwood.
Sally Tabart

Dream Job

From Intern to Senior Landscape Designer – Growing A Career At Eckersley Garden Architecture

26-year-old Joshua Cocks charts his journey from University intern to working across award-winning projects, with one of Australia's top fir...
Elle Murrell

Art

Charting A Contemporary Artist’s Remarkable Oeuvre

Spanning almost four decades, Rosslynd Piggott’s ‘I sense you but I cannot see you’ is on now at NGV.
Elle Murrell

News

Free To Feed’s Annual Fundraising Bake Sale Is On This Friday!

Do something GREAT this Good Friday and help raise funds for a worthy cause!
Sally Tabart

Studio Visit

Carving Out A New Career With Courtney Petley

The New Zealand based designer and maker shares her handcrafted kitchen utensils, created with reclaimed timber.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

A Spectacular Unfolding House Overlooking Sydney Harbour

A minimalist marvel with serious harbour views, by Matthew Woodward Architecture in Vaucluse, Sydney.
Miriam McGarry

Art

'Mirka For Melbourne' Fundraiser Exhibition Opens At Heide

Mirka for Melbourne' opens this week, showcasing important acquisitions from the studio of Mirka Mora, funded by your donations!

Similar Stories

Photography

Derek Swalwell · WEST

The architecture of Los Angeles and Las Vegas captured in a new photographic exhibition, opening in Melbourne this week.

Creative People

Scott Newett · Tao Chien

The Melbourne-based photographer captures a pervading stillness in the world’s most populous state, for an astounding new exhibition.
Elle Murrell

Photography

Kate Ballis

The Melbourne photographer captures Palm Springs in infrared, and eerie glacial landscapes.
Elle Murrell