About the artwork
I had always wanted to make a collection of images that express my life long relationship and attachment to the Indian Ocean. The concept had been stirring in my mind for a couple of years and I knew of just the location that would give me the best opportunity to make these images - a remote, wild and untouched coastline along the eastern shoreline of South Africa, known as the Wild Coast or informally the Kei (formerly known as the Transkei), but it was all about timing.
Winter is the season in South Africa where we receive swell that moves up from the deep South Atlantic Ocean, generated by weather conditions around Antartica. In the winter of 2019, I had been watching the synoptic charts, I spotted a widow, got my gear together and headed for the Kei, a days drive from where I live. As I got my first showing of the ocean I could see this was going to be on. The swell period was up, driving deep from the south, the wind blowing stiffly from the West, perfectly offshore. These two facing forces, when harmonious can create the perfect conditions I had envisaged.
Perched on a small rocky headland that jutted out into the ocean, I had been standing there focused and ready for hours, as the sun dipped and tide settled the moment I had planned and been waiting for arrived.
Unridden is the title of this series of work, for on this day no ocean going women or men dared to enter, it was a day for the ocean to be.
Artist / Designer / Photographer / Publisher / Environmentalist
Clinton Friedman’s first exhibition of photographic studies in 2003 was a statement of intent that has come to define his aesthetic style: the ability to explore the intersection of seemingly contradictory elements and processes.
His work has international acclaim with collectors and representatives around the globe – it is a celebration, a keenly refined point of view, of our natural world; both its imperfections and its classical beauty. His work and his considered range of products, transcend artifice in favour of simplicity, forgo trend in favour of timelessness.
As an artist he has two opposing processes: one mechanical, the capturing of light and the other intuitive, an unconstrained manipulation of texture, shape and colour.
Created from high-quality wood, milled with simple clean lines and presented with a satin finish. Includes an off-white mount that will not discolour or fade with age.
All framed prints feature our premium fine art paper and handmade framed by specialist picture framers. This is a museum-quality paper which reproduces photography and artworks with exceptional tonality and renders sharp details with consistent flatness and accuracy.
For the matted / mounted prints we use a thick 1.4mm window mount cut from premium, textured mountboard. All mounts are "conservation grade", FSC certified, 100% acid free, and will not discolour or fade with age. It gets delivered ready for hanging.
The shown sizes are based on the full frame size of the art work.