Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott’s series of large-scale photographs, “Clouds,” look less like clouds up above than like deep-sea creatures, the top end of nuclear explosions, or rolling gray waves.
The nomadic wife-husband pair, born in Poland and New Zealand, respectively, has been collaborating since 1976 on a well-regarded body of nature photography. The couple, now settled in the Catskills, has an impressive publication record that includes assignments for National Geographic too numerous to list, and six books (Momatiuk and Eastcott share credit for every bit of the work they do! It’s a nice symmetrical play on discerning distinctions in their work and their shared biography.)
They travel incessantly to places that are difficult to get to and somewhat less difficult to fathom from the comfort of our common surroundings: Patagonia, fire-charred Rockies, trenches and canyons in New Zealand. The photographs function like digital prints of ceaselessly narrative and contemplative paintings. The work suggests that there’s more to see in the simple clouds we see every day. These pictures are reflections not on some universalism that clouds, like other things, are indistinguishable whatever their names, but of the situations and contexts in which they form and appear. These pictures are events. “Clouds” will be on view at the Center for Photography at Woodstock through October 14. Cpw.org
. Portfolio: Momatiukeastcott.com