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ASCENSION by Matthew Smith

ASCENSION by Matthew Smith

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Hardcase book
1st Edition, 2023
Published by Red Turtle Photo Book
82 pages

"After a time, deep in this place I found scenes I seemed to recognise, memories I seemed to own. It was a city and something more, a garden perhaps, or another realm. No matter how far I walked, the paths and the byways never seemed to end. What was I looking for? I knew only that I was looking.'' - Matthew Smith

Ascension is Matthew Smith’s latest photoseries. It received an Honourable Mention at the Lucie International Photo Awards 2020, in the Professional Analog/Film: Fine Art category, as well as Honourable Mentions at the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2022 and the Moscow International Foto Awards 2021.

Featuring photographs taken in London, Venice, LA and Tokyo, Ascension explores the hidden territory of the mind and the heart, through the outer world of a hybrid cityscape. 

Taken during a time of deep instability in Smith’s life, which included the death of his first wife, the photographs reflect an inner journey that he needed to complete, through fear and grief, to find lasting courage and clarity of mind. 

Bringing together street, landscape and abstract photography, to build an integrated world in which reality is open-ended, yet ever-enriching, Ascension moves through light and dark, life and death, to 'make the darkness visible’.

An exhibition of Ascension took place at AOCF 58 Galleria Bruno Lisi in Rome in Spring 2023, supported by the Arts Council of England.

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