Michael Norton / The Endless Sky / April 25 – May 12 2012

With no beginning and no end, the sky is a space of pure potential that is in constant transformation. Of all the elements and natural forces on Earth, the sky is possibly experienced as the most ubiquitous for human beings. Its visual power and dominance is undeniable. In The Endless Sky Michael Norton explores how we as the human species relate to the natural world, specifically the sky, and the meaning we give it.

Nature teaches us that all of existence is in a constant process of creation, destruction and transformation. Michael chooses to focus on one specific moment in the unfolding natural order, to expand it, and transform it into something grand and timeless to be experienced by others in the form of a photograph. Accepted within this practice is that the image cannot replicate the multi-sensory and lived experience of nature, it’s simply an extract of reality that points towards something much bigger than the image itself.

Michael Norton is a fine art photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. In 1997 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe) and in 1998 completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (RMIT).

Recent exhibitions include ‘Rivers of Light’, a solo exhibition at Gallery 806 for the 2011 Ballarat International Foto Biennale, and participation in the group show, ‘Photography 12A’ at Brunswick Street Gallery in 2012.

Among his various awards and achievements, in 2011 Michael was awarded a first place and two Honorable Mentions in the Photography Masters Cup, and was included in the Official Selections of Px3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris). In 2010 Michael was selected to travel to Antarctica with the Inspire Antarctic Expedition to visually document the beauty of the continent and the threats posed by  climate change. In the same year he was chosen as Winner of the Acquisitive Prize in the group exhibition, Picture This 2010, at Brunswick Street Gallery. He has also received Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards and many other notable international photography competitions. Michael’s work is held in a number of private collections in Australia.

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