I’ve just been to the Michael Kenna exhibition at The Brindley, Runcorn. His landscapes are an utter delight; but the overwhelming revelation of the show is the utterly transcendental printing – the quality of the darkroom work is superb. Kenna’s printing is an object lesson in how to make a photograph sing.
Of course, he does it by flawless choice of paper, masterly use of split grading, and wonderfully inspired, painstaking dodging and burning. But the work will surely provide the digital photographer with creative ideas about how to bring out the best in a photograph by restrained, thoughtful and sensitive ‘digital development’ without recourse to extravagant Photoshop ‘effects’.
If you haven’t visited the exhibition, you should go and see it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s on till 23 November. Entrance is free and there’s free parking:
The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1BG