Midnight Modern by Tom Blachford
On February 20th, the Palm Springs-based Modernism Week presented an one-day only exhibition of LA modernist architecture, photographed moonlit by Tom Blachford. Fittingly placed at the iconic Menrad Residence, one of Palm Spring’s most beautiful mid-century homes. The works are again capturing some of Palm Springs most iconic buildings in the surreal light of a full moon. Among the architectural pearls featured in the series is the recently restored Kaufmann house, designed by Richard Neutra in 1946. Blachford was given a rare opportunity to photograph the pool from the rear of the spectacular property. Under a night sky the result draws an intriguing parallel with the iconic photographs taken by Julius Shulman and Slim Aarons in 1947 and 1970 respectively.
What drew me to Tom’s work was seeing Palm Springs and our signature midcentury modern architecture shown in a totally new way. I’ve always loved the fact that we have very few street lights here, and during periods of full moon the illumination is so magical. His photographs seem to capture that mystery, and offer an entirely unique perspective on the area. AS & Co
Tom Blachford’s long-exposure images fuse the familiar with the surreal, vibrating cinematic moments that are frozen in time.
A strange and beautiful dream under the light of a full moon.
Limited edition prints are available at Midnight Modern. Better be fast.