Darren Almond presents Fullmoon@TheNorthSea, the third and final installment in Landscape with Path, a series of photographs selected by photographer Joel Sternfeld and presented on the 25-by-75 foot billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street.
Darren Almond’s work addresses notions of time, place, personal history, and collective memory. He makes sculptures, films, photographs, and works on paper based on his extensive travels, which often take him to remote locations. Many of Almond’s works are captured in wide-ranging – and often inaccessible – geographical locations such as the Arctic Circle, Siberia, the mountains in China, and the source of the Nile.
Almond’s billboard portrays the Huangshan mountain range in China, a landscape that is synonymous with Chinese Buddhist pilgrimages, on the evening of a full moon. The image reflects Almond’s interest in geographical limits and points of arrival and departure with cultural significance. Since 1998, Almond has been making a series of landscape photographs known as the Fullmoons. Taken during a full moon with an exposure time of 15 minutes or more, these images of remote geographical locations appear ghostly, bathed in an unexpectedly brilliant light where night seems to have been turned into day.
Photos by Bill Orcutt.