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Above image Breath 2010, Giclée pigment print on canvas, 1000mmx1470mm
Exhibition: Breath by Liam Lynch
Melbournestyle January 17 - 30, 2011
Melbourne born Liam Lynch ventures beneath the Pacific Ocean with characteristic combination of skill and awe.


Melbournestyle is pleased to announce Breath, the first solo exhibition of work by Liam Lynch.

Lynch's work has focussed on travel, landscapes, portraits, primates and elephants in the jungles of Borneo. For his most recent work however the photographer leaves terra firma and makes a departure to the depths of Tonga's tropical waters.
Consummating a curiosity that began in Port Phillip Bay a handful of years ago with dolphins, Lynch finally meets the Humpback whale. His photographs reflect the documentary principles of spontaneity, narrative and a celebration of the natural world.

This new exhibition 'Breath' brings us a rare experience to be up close and personally immersed in the colour and scale of the Southern Humpback whale. Making his expedition in September of 2010, Lynch spent 14 days communing with his subject in the deep, deep blue. Suspended underwater off the coast of Tonga, his chest thrumming from the reverberations of whale-song, Lynch takes us all with him to the home of the giant. We are right there - tiny, awestruck, curious. The reverence inherent in his images speaks of what we stand to lose from nature's great family and gives us a rare glimpse at the resounding beauty of these animals. Each image also gives us a glimpse of Lynch's passion. At the heart of his art Lynch holds a profound awareness of what it is he shows us: the precarious nature of these enormous lives, lived in shrinking seas.

This exhibition is displayed at large scale to celebrate the gargantuan beauty of the subject. The works - like the whales - are both powerful and serene; mighty and gentle; massive and passive.

Opening: January 17th, 6pm
Melbournestyle Gallery Upstairs
155 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne
Tel: 96968445
Email: mca@melbournestyle.com.au
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