'Maria Perez's photographs are very much Fine Art, incorporating meticulous attention to form, lighting and printing. Predominantly shot in medium-format B&W, her landscapes are characterised by an almost eerie calm and the suggestion that something apocalyptic is either imminent or has just occurred. Each horizon is invariably unpopulated, as if the scape is in a state of transition; deserted spaces punctuated with the remnants of human infrastructure suggest a deep underlying narrative that reaches far back beyond the image itself. Deceptively simple, many of the landscapes - especially those within the titled project subverting the tree - adhere to the strictures of Formalism; with light, shape and line as the principal aesthetics, each scene possesses a timeless quality, as if bearing witness to the human world's demise or absence, the lens wide-eyed and astonished drawing the viewer in toward each picture's weighty, endless expanse.

 

The portraits, either B&W or with a limited colour palette, are invariably chaste and austere. The more serious reverberate with strangely gothic or distorted film-noirish intensity, while others are like fairy tales, radiating a Mucha-like serenity. In direct contrast to these, the photograms - by their very nature individual and unique, a technique initiated and refined by 19th century photographers - are stark and elegiac, simultaneously bold and ethereal. Each plant, or flower, or feather is preserved as an intricately detailed image yet pared down to the very basics of contemporary minimalism.'

                                                                                                              Joseph Monk

 

Maria Perez studied at both Camberwell College of Art, and Thames Valley University. She currently lives and works freelance in London.