Philip J Brittan’s series ‘Ghosts Are Real’ – expressions of colour and abstraction about feelings experienced – the sense of a vanished world – as the representation of particular places, achieved with encompassing diverse camera methods, experimental processing, a range of styles and media, and various fine-art print making techniques.
“The work was created during a difficult period of my life. My mother had just died after struggling with illness for several months and dealing with the estate fractured my family in rancorous conflict. I escaped each evening for long, slow walks through the city and surrounding countryside. The night walks became a sort of haven, a place to recuperate from the troubles of the day. Memory is always associative; we recall not just the place itself but what it conjures in the mind. Walking, a different route each time, and often suddenly prompted by a particular place, I regularly experienced the emotional ambush that can arrive in the small hours with the past erupting into the present; welcome ghosts and lyrical memories alive with my time spent in the city, from child to adult – faces, voices, objects, music, walks, animals, stories.
The daytime traumas encouraged a bittersweet appreciation of the fragile wonders of the world, the sheer joy of the here and now, of life’s exquisite, magical pleasures. And pleasure and beauty, hopefully, finds visual purchase somewhere in the work – a reflection of the liberating freedom of the night walks and the revitalising time of recovery spent creating the images.”
Source – artist statement.