The Spring Auction 2019

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36. Claudia Legge

Playing On The Sides

Estimate: £600 - 900

The Spring Auction 2019 - Lot 36, Claudia Legge, Playing On The Sides

Signed (on the reverse)
Archival pigment print on platinum etching paper 
60 x 70 cm.
Photographed in 2014
This work is from an edition of 15.

An underwater photograph by fine art photographer Claudia Legge. 

Claudia Legge is returns to underwater photography time and again. In the artist's words, "The light is different there, it dapples and ripples. There are elements you can't control, and the models can express their bodies free from gravity. The force of water is also captivating. People can get hypnotised watching waves in the ocean. No wave is ever the same, and the scale and grandeur of the ocean scares us and fascinates us."

A composed and incidental scene, Playing On The Sides juxtaposes the hard architectural lines of a swimming pool with the soft and playful limbs of nude figures. The gentle focus of the image produces a textural, material feel to the photograph that is timeless and questions the subjects movement - are they fighting to cling to the ledge or are they launching themselves into the deep waters?  

Claude Legge's photographs were selected for the 2018 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Her work has been featured in ID Magazine, House and Garden, Huffington Post, and It's Nice That.

The Spring Auction 2019 - Lot 36, Claudia Legge, Playing On The Sides

23 Mar Mar 23

Menier Gallery, London SE1 1RU