An exhibition has opened at Houghton Hall of photographs taken by artist-in-residence Martin d’Orgeval during the winter of 2015/2016.
Most of these photographs are conceptual and pay homage to the architecture of Houghton Hall.
Martin said: “During my whole residency, I felt continually accompanied by the spirit of Horace Walpole (Sir Robert’s son), man of letters and inventor, amongst other things, of the word serendipity – ‘the making [of] discoveries by accidents and sagacity, of things [which one] was not in quest of.’ To work in and around this house has been a real inspiration.”
Lord Cholmondeley added: “It has been wonderful to host Martin d’Orgeval as artist-in-residence, his work expresses such extraordinary beauty and perception.”
By playing with transparency and opacity, appearance and disappearance, Martin has tried to recreate his own experience of living inside the majestic space of the house and the surrounding Norfolk light.
The exhibition shows the building’s windows and highlights architectural details. The photographs-as-objects give the visitor a visual experience through life size windows and an exquisite insight into light and shadow.
The artist shares through his images, the extraordinary experience of looking through the windows of Houghton from the inside out. The images also show the colours of Norfolk – blue, green, grey and the typical glowing white light.
Martin d’Orgeval Houghton Hall photographs opened on Sunday and the exhibition continues to September 25 and is included in the normal entry price ticket of £15 per person (HHA members are free).