American artist Tierney Gearon will be showing a series of large-scale photography at Phillips de Pury auction house employing a new process for the artist. Each photograph, contrived through the classic mechanism of double exposure in camera, has been composed by carefully combining two of the artist’s images whose compositions and themes act as counterpoints to each other: interior space and wilderness; youth and old age; solitude and companionship. The result is a powerful exploration of psychological terrain.
For Tierney Gearon, photography is a ‘hobby, like knitting or playing tennis’. But her unvarnished description is one that fails to hint at the power of her work: the Atlanta-raised photographer produces exhilaratingly personal images – often featuring her children and her mother – that compel you to feel as deeply as she does. Gearon, 45, a former ballet dancer and model who also has a commercial and editorial career shooting for publications including the New York Times and this magazine, insists, ‘It’s not a business for me. My work is like a diary. I do it for my soul.’
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