Parallelism shown during August and September 2021 at Gallery on the Green Settle. It was a collaboration of work by photographic artists Alison Medd and Paul Rogers who do a double take on various images in this presentation on parallelism. Repeat is the root word of repetition. In the exhibition the photographers Alison Medd and Paul Rogers are exploring how by repeating an image you can create a visual outcome greater than the sum of its parts. The photographs from the project have been imagined and produced in two very different ways. Alison Medd focuses on recording traces of her local environment, creating a narrative that embraces urban degeneration. The artist believes that a prolonged study of what is familiar in the locale enables her to create richly layered images that result in atmosphere over documentation. An abstraction of her view creates an innately satisfying image, enabling the observer to perceive order from repetition. Paul Rogers explores repetition by juxtaposing the same image. Repeat:Repeat has been long-standing subjects of his visual output and perhaps this concept feeds into the notion of ‘parallelism’ – repeating pattern, line and movement towards creating a visual unity. ‘Pattern is to photograph what rhythm is to music’ (Tedric Garr). It is the pattern, line and movement that unites both mine and Rogers photography with very different viewpoints.
The book Parallelism explores in more depth the relationship between our photographs.