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Tom Blachford – Midnight Modern

Tom Blachford – Midnight Modern

Second hand book.

What began for Tom Blachford as a fateful discovery one night has developed into an ongoing series and exploration into the interplay between Architecture, Moonlight, Mountains and the tension of an unspoken narrative. Shot using only the light of the full moon, the elements combined yield a cinematic result that invites the viewer to complete their own story beyond the single frame. Both nostalgic and original the scenes exist simultaneously between the past and the present, like portals through time.

The evocative results have captivated Blachford to revisit Palm Springs for 7 full moons, including a Super Moon, over the course of 5 years. Each trip, a pilgrimage to the desert to pay homage to these shrines of hedonism. Initially shot covertly, Blachford now works closely with the community in Palm Springs. With the support of The Palm Springs Modernist Committee, Modernism Week, homeowners, car collectors and location scouts in the area.

Blachford has been able to gain access to high profile properties such as the Kaufmann Residence, Frank Sinatra Twin Palms and the Frey II house as well as dozens of lovingly restored Alexander tract homes.

Series IV loosened the self imposed restrictions of both Mid Century and Palm Springs and allowed the inclusion of homes such as the Black House in the High Desert Designed by Oller and Pejic, The Futuro House in Idylwylld and the iconic Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Los Angeles, designed by John Lautner


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