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Midnight Modern: Palm Springs Architecture, Bathed in Moonlight

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Modern architecture may be most celebrated for its sun-drenched interiors, but darkness brings its own particular esthetic pleasures (why, we’ve dedicated a whole Pinterest board to the topic). Ask Australian photographer Tom Blachford, who crossed the pacific to document Palm Springs’ famous trove of Mid Century houses far from the blinding desert sun—and under the — Continue reading …




 

 

4f26024dc7890407-MM_Webiste-1-1Modern architecture may be most celebrated for its sun-drenched interiors, but darkness brings its own particular esthetic pleasures (why, we’ve dedicated a whole Pinterest board to the topic). Ask Australian photographer Tom Blachford, who crossed the pacific to document Palm Springs’ famous trove of Mid Century houses far from the blinding desert sun—and under the glow of moonlight. Midnight Modern is the Melbourne-based Blachford’s photographic essay—recently on view at the Melbourne gallery, Modern Times—shot on location during two different trips to Palm Springs earlier this year, one visit deliberately coinciding with the arrival of a super moon.

Notes Blachford, “After experimenting with a few houses I found that the only shots that would work were when all the lights were off, except for perhaps one lamp inside the house. Curiously, all the older palm springs suburbs have no street lights, which also helped.” What strikes about Blachford’s photographs is how ordinary these exalted houses look in near-darkness; a far cry from the dramatic, cantilevered hillside homes of Mullholland Drive, Palm Spring tract houses, with their low-slung profiles, manicured lawns, and stark, palm tree-dotted backdrops, present modernism at its most modest. These are, despite the cultural romance projected on them, homes in which actual (and ordinary) lives are lived—a fact hardly lost on Blachford.

“I love to imagine what is going on behind closed doors. These images of the houses raise so many questions and possibilities for stories. Even better is the thought of the scenes that have already played out behind these doors in their 60-plus years of existence. Every time I look at them I like to imagine something different going on behind the breeze-bricks.” As do we.
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Via Tom Blachford, Modern Times


 

 

 
 
 

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