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Brighton: Sideways Look brings fresh approach to Bible narratives

A new photo exhibition at the Brighton Festival Fringe is giving Renaissance art depictions of Bible stories a very contemporary twist …

A new photo exhibition at the Brighton Festival Fringe is giving Renaissance art depictions of Bible stories a very contemporary twist …

Because A Sideways Look re-creates and re-imagines famous paintings, it engages with viewers who question the biblical storylines. This provocative photographic exhibition with narrative has captivated audiences throughout the UK. Now international tourists can view it in the Chapel Royal Brighton of the Royal Pavilion as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe.

A Sideways Look will be on display from Saturday 9 May until Sunday 17 May at the Chapel Royal, located in North Street, Brighton. The exhibition will be on view daily from 11am – 4pm except when a service or concert takes place.

Exhibition creator Marten Holmes also shows himself to be a gifted storyteller. His text accompanying the images provokes viewers to query and look for further meaning.

Well known Renaissance and other paintings are interpreted with stunning photographic technology and definitely a sideways approach.

"But I remain true to the meaning behind the original paintings and stories," explains Marten. "Of course, some are so well known, that I do take the liberty to completely re-imagine a scene from the story rather than sticking to a formula."

Viewers agree as they see a photograph strikingly similar to Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. God extends his hand to Adam as He holds out an iPhone. Then there is Mary Magdalene. With a laptop being reformatted clearly in view, she is dressed in red and wiping off her bright lipstick.

A Sideways Look sometimes creates visual humour yet also makes a social comment on western society. Viewers tend to observe it with a fresh perspective too.

"Ironic and an interesting take on iconic images," said one person.

The collection incorporates modern technology as a device to engage with a post-modern audience. "Superb lighting and technique, soul and passion," a couple agreed.

Marten Holmes and others will be on hand to chat to the thousands expected to attend the Brighton Fringe Festival. For more details call 01872 223706 or mail nationaldirector@oacgb.org.uk

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