Grahamstown Roots: Roddy Fox’s metamorphosis

Roddy Fox with one of his photography artworks during the opening of his exhibition, "Metamorphosis". Photo: Ettioné Ferreira/Cue

As an academic-turned-photographer, Roddy Fox has been capturing nature through the eyes of his cameras over the last 44 years. He is a self-taught photographer, a geography academic, and a three-time solo exhibitioner at the National Arts Festival.

 This year, Fox’s photography exhibition ‘Metamorphosis’ is installed upstairs at the Johan Carinus Art Centre, and has been curated over a period of two years. The main themes capture the interplay of nature and light in both the Eastern Cape and Scandinavia. Many of Fox’s photographs are local sceneries and landscapes, which one of the visitors described as “modern and minimalistic, and perfectly framed to match the theme”.

The Symmetry Series, his most recent work featuring Natalie Ellis as the model, draws its inspiration and conception from the feminine forms found in nature. The mirrored motifs offer visitors kaleidoscopic interpretations of nature’s shapes and textures, giving these pieces the eclectic illusion of being painted works of art.

Roddy Fox and Natalie Ellis. Photo: Ettioné Ferreira/Cue

Ellis pointed out the abstract nature of the photographs featuring herself, calling them “very interesting, and definitely very open to interpretation”. Other nature themes include the ‘Tree’ series, featuring photographs printed on brushed aluminum, while the ‘Sugarbirds’, a black and white series, capture a more Asian feeling with allusions inspired by Chinese calligraphy-art style brush strokes.

The cosy exhibition venue gives visitors a chance to interact with each other and with the artist. It is a friendly atmosphere which opens its doors to visitors of all ages throughout the day.  For those who are interested, prints of all the photographs are on sale at the venue or can be bought via Fox’s online store:

By Shraddha Patnala