Particle Mist draws together works from three of Bill Henson’s earliest photographic series: ’Untitled 1974’, ‘Untitled 1975’ with additional previously unseen photographs from an unfinished work begun in 1976. Together they form a portrait of an artist as a young man.
The series shows Henson’s recognised and celebrated style, capturing the delicacy, magnetism and celestial nature of the ballerinas, that is both bewitching and disturbing. When photographing the dancers, Henson found himself fascinated by the faces, which were ‘lost to the world, absorbed in the dance’. He was drawn to the idea of a spirit of an individual in a space.
The elegant cover illustration is a commissioned arrangement of three songs from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, adapted into a musical maze which is based on a 14th Century scribe’s version of the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus. Each of the three arrangements corresponds to one of the ‘acts’ or chapters within the book.
The Collectors Edition includes a beautiful signed and numbered C-Type print of Henson's iconic image from 1974, depicting two young dancers.
The 160x200mm print has been produced in collaboration with the artist, and is presented alongside the book in a bespoke, blind stamped, slip case. The edition is strictly limited to 30.
Particle Mist (Print Edition)
Published — November 2015
Edition — 25
Details — Cloth-covered slip case / Blind stamped / C-type print
Size — 240mm × 300mm