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This Side of Paradise: Narrative, Cinema and Suburbia in the Work of Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido.

Published November 19, 2018

I visited the Private View the other night for ‘This Side of Paradise: Narrative, Cinema and Suburbia’ jointly featuring the work of artists Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido. I got to speak with the photographers and also hear what they had to say in a very interesting Q and A chaired by Giles Huxley-Parlour at his Piccadilly gallery.

Miles Aldridge came out of fashion and imbues his pictures with a bold, sexy but dysfunctional allure. Women are caught in the midst or at the end of doing something, always set within the interior of a suburban house. These are like movie stills from a David Lynch production with Edward Hopper overtones of ‘What happened?’ or ‘What is about to happen?’

Todd Hido, on the other hand trawls through suburban neighbourhoods that remind him of the streets where he grew up in Ohio. He shoots from the outside, capturing lonely looking houses with, more often than not, light coming from one room only. What is going on inside these houses, the viewer asks? It taps into the idea of the things that might go on behind closed doors in all innocent-looking neighbourhoods; something David Lynch unearthed so well in his classic movie ‘Blue Velvet.’

A few of the images were hung to play off each other, one from each artist, side by side, the narrative in each crossing over into the other, suggesting the inside and outside shots of the same scene.

On display are twenty large, impactful photographs, showing how these two popular contemporary image-makers, despite a huge difference in their visual approach, both convey a cinematic, brooding unease in their pictures.

This Side of Paradise: Narrative, Cinema and Suburbia in the Work of Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido. 15 November – 15 December 2018.