1995 Camino Monte, 2015
Giclee print on lustre paper
135 x 190 cm
Edition of ten
Courtesy of the artist
Using only the light from a supermoon, Australian Tom Blachford crept around Palm Springs in the dead of night, taking photographs of its classic, mid-century architecture. Blachford was struck by both the attractiveness of the desert resort and the lack of street lights, clouds and light pollution, which made it perfect for night-time shots.
Seeing the beautiful, atmospheric photographs at his first exhibition, Palm Springs residents gave him access to their homes and lent him nine vintage cars.
A pristine Dodge Polara, apparently hurriedly abandoned, sits alone outside the Ship of the Desert, so named for it curved living room overlooking the area, which resembles a ship's bridge - and the two upstairs bedrooms that are entered via an outside gangway.
Hedge, issue 35, June 2015, pp78-84