These beautiful photos are part of Melbourne photographer Tom Blachford’s “Midnight Modern” series. Using long exposures and the supernatural glow of a super moon Tom reveals iconic Palm Springs architecture in a totally new way.
I’m a huge fan of California's famous mid-century modernist homes, I think you’ve all noticed that. Palm Springs has the largest concentration of mid-
century modern architecture. Since the 1920’s, architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. The sensational surroundings of the Coachella Valley inspired a design aesthetic in the middle of the 20th Century, now called Desert Modernism.
And although these houses were photographed a lot during the last 60 or 70 years, Blachford’s shots are are truly remarkable and fresh. They explore the relationship between the midnight glow of a super moon, dramatic rooftops of the houses and beautiful mountains in the background. Arts writer Gabriella Coslovich perfectly describes the evocative nature of Tom’s work:
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The surrounding hills and desert vegetation appear like sentinels in the emptiness. There is a sense of unease: cracks in the road, long shadows,
a solitary light left on. Heavy with heat and silence, his photographs have
an ambiguity, a mystery, a tension. They are like a story about to start,
end, or implode…
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