Rachel Sarah Jones


This series addresses the connection between light and the perceived materiality of the urban environment. Light is examined through reflection to reveal nuances of texture, colour and form within the urban landscape. Abstract studies of light have been produced from an intervention – coloured filters inserted into the landscape reflect light within the urban environment. This light has then been reflected again and translated through the photographic process, resulting in an alchemical transformation of subtle hues and shapes. The images within the series are made up of montage – two or more photographs overlapping to create a composite – building up layers of the landscape, signalling the layering that takes place within the process of perception of the urban environment. The abstraction that occurs through reflection and montage references the time-space compression within the global city (due to the speed of mass transportation systems, digital information technology and other devices), which causes the material landscape to 'disappear', effectively erasing physical space. The boundaries between immaterial states of being (affect, imagination, the dream-state, phantasmagoria) and the physicality of the urban landscape become blurred within these images.


Rachel Sarah Jones’ work explores the flux and flow of city rhythms to produce a living montage in which memory, imagination and the physical world combine. Rachel holds a BA in Sociology (Columbia University, New York), a BA in Fine Art (Central St. Martins School of Art and Design), an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures (Goldsmiths) and a PhD in Visual Sociology (Goldsmiths). Rachel has exhibited and presented her work at numerous international cultural institutions, festivals, and symposia, including Tate Britain, the British Library, and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art. Rachel is also co-founder of the International Association of Visual Urbanists (iAVU).





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