Lunar portraits

King, Melanie (2020) Lunar portraits. [Show/Exhibition]


The output is an exhibition, Lunar Portraits, which consists of a series of photographs produced using only light from the Full Moon to expose the image. Participants were asked to gaze up at the Full Moon whilst moonlight fell upon their face. This series highlights humanity's connection to our celestial neighbour, considering how our ancestors have gazed up at the Full Moon for many thousands of years. The Moon connects humans across timescales and immense distances, as the same Moon can be viewed from vantage points across the entire planet. This series also acknowledges 2019's 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the Moon and is King’s second solo show with Leeds Arts University. Lunar Portraits follows King’s continued investigation into astronomy and celestial matter from her PhD research project ‘Ancient Light’ (2018) and her first solo show ‘First Light’ (Leeds Arts University, 2017).

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