David Parker’s series ‘Sirens’ – panoramic photographs of solitary rock stacks inhabit the threshold between our world and the world of dreams. Parker’s technical artistry allows him to explore the symbolic potential of geographic landforms embedding his work with an air of timelessness and enigma.
David Parker – Sirens
For Parker the sirens’ song is a call to contemplation, not action, and these images chart his fascinated encounters with an enchanted world of forgotten archetypes. His pictures are intended, siren-like, to lure the viewer into a mysterious abstract world, both concrete and ineffable.
David Parker – Sirens
“Ultimately the sirens’ song is the song of art, which charms us into the ego-diminishing state of aesthetic enchantment, perhaps the goal and consolation of all art.”
David Robin’s series ‘Dreams of the Kings’ – the Palace of Versailles and the Châteaux of the Loire in tracing the essence of the collective Western aesthetic initiated by the visionaries of the renaissance and realized through the fulfilled dreams of two French kings who imagined it on a grand scale.
David Robin – Dreams of the Kings
“I’ve created this collection of images as evidence of the aesthetic dreams and visions of Françoise I and Louis XIV (The Sun King) of France, and to speak to their indelible impact on our collective visual conscience. Both men — in their own times and in their own ways — moved the world towards beauty. Françoise I brought Humanism and the Italian Renaissance to France and introduced his countrymen to the genius of Da Vinci. Louis XIV, through his example and, some would say, because of his narcissism established an aesthetic priority and placed an importance on the grand and the beautiful still very much in evidence today.”
Sara Silks‘ series ‘Natsukashii‘ – “From my earliest memory, there have been small moments when time stops, and a sense of being one with the world is unerring in its certainty. The images in this series have been a reverie and meditation for me, and are precious and wonderful gifts. Each location has special meanings. I have tried to capture both the memory and feeling of many of those moments in my photography and art practice.
“Natsukashii” is a word which stands for the state of “feeling nostalgic” or “fond/sweet memory.”
Murray Fredericks’ series ‘Vanity’ – landscapes of lakes with endless horizon where colours and light mirror and create infinite dimensions.
“Standing in the silken water, surrounded only by a boundless horizon, I sense a release, a surrendering as the self dissolves into the light and space.”
With the absence of human beings, the usual symbolism of mirrors as a reflection of our narcissistic nature, redirect our gaze away from ourselves into the immense environment and open visual portals to other worlds (source artist statement)
Murray Fredericks – Vanity
The series is the latest cycle in the 15-year ‘Salt’ project, which commenced in 2003 at Lake Eyre – Kati Thanda in central Australia. A short video showing a behind the scenes look.
“On one of her journeys to Greece Gabriella Imperatori-Penn fell in love with the stone beaches of Chios. The water upon the stones made the most amazingly calming sounds which were emotionally moving and inspiring. In 2009 she photographed these stones in the studio with a focus that felt like a Buddhist meditation expressing that she saw each and every stone as it’s own peaceful universe or planet.” (Space SBH)
“The truth about reality is always in our souls. The whole of searching and learning is recollection. “ Socrates
Thierry Urbain – Anamnesis
Thierry Urbain’s series ‘Anamnesis’* – a journey through Mediterranean landscapes as a process of remembrance inspired by Plato’s concept of innate knowledge of everything and part of the circle of human’s life.
Plato suggested in his ‘Meno’ via Socrates’ words, that “since the soul is immortal and has been born many times, she has beheld all things in this world and the next, and there is nothing she has not learnt, so it is not surprising that she can remember what she once knew about virtue and other things.” Knowledge is in the soul from eternity, but each time the soul incarnates, its knowledge is forgotten at the moment of birth.
With lot of grain and reminiscent of a diary, the artist illustrates the idea of re-awakening (an– = un-, amnesis = forgetting, as in amnesia) and recovery of what one has forgotten, especially moral, existential, spiritual.
Thierry Urbain – Anamnesis
*Anamnesis /ˌænæmˈniːsɪs/, Ancient Greek: ἀνάμνησις / Modern Greek: ανάμνηση) – recollection, reminiscence, remembrance.
Paul den Hollander’s series ‘Metamorphosis’ (2004 – 2007) – “the reflection of the adventurous and miraculous journey through the world of plants. It portrays the diversity of plant life, in its multitude of manifestations in time and space, full of mystery, colour, intimacy, beauty and vitality. The life-force which is visible in ‘Metamorphosis’ sparked even more interest for the electromagnetic field that is largely invisible to the naked eye, yet permeates and surrounds all life on earth.” (source artist statement)
Rob Hudson’s series ‘North Towards the Orison’ – into the realm of imagination and the fusion of the Orison /orˈi-zən/, an old word for a prayer, and the Horizon, as a sense of living space between land and sky, inspired by the poetry of John Clare and the story about his escape in searching for his lost love.
Rob Hudson – North Towards the Orison
“In 1841 the poet John Clare walked out from the asylum in which he was incarcerated at High Beach in Epping Forest to walk the 80 miles north to his home in Helpston, near Peterborough. He went in search of his first love Mary Joyce, who’d been dead for three years and who he believed to be his wife, despite being married to another woman. The walk took Clare 4 days.
“I had imagind that the worlds end was at the edge of the orison & that a days journey was able to find it so I went with my heart full of hopes, pleasures & discoverys expecting when I got to the brink of the world that I could look down like looking into a large pit & see into its secrets the same as I believd I could see heaven by looking into water.” (source artist statement).
Arno Elias’s ‘The Lost Series’ – “hand-painted photography as a means of engaging philosophical disquisitions on culture, humankind, and wildlife inspired by his diverse experience and extensive traveling across various continents. This selection of Elias’ work reflects the artist’s wishes to maintain the cultural originality of the natural world that is or to be “lost” in the wake of globalization and industrialization.” (statement about The Lost Series)
Thomas Struth’s series ‘New Pictures from Paradise’ – large-format landscapes of dense primeval jungles and forest from all over the world as a deeper inner connection with the consciousness through contemplation and appreciation of nature. Thy are not a longing for a lost paradise or utopian visions, but a state of feeling to be one with the Universe at the present moment.
“Although they have a strong feeling of time, they are ahistorical. One sees a forest or a jungle but there is nothing to discover, no story to be told. They have more to do with the self. The viewing process is complicated, and the viewer becomes more aware of how he or she is processing the information, heightening an awareness of the here and now.”