Portrait of Thought
EXPLORations in THE aETHER
The ideas I explore derive from a keen interest in Celtic Mythology, Qabalistic Symbolism and Automatic Drawing. Automatic Drawing was first popularized by Austin Osman Spare, an artist that has greatly influenced me. The aim is to allow ones subconscious to flow freely, uninhibited by the conscious mind.
By connecting entirely with my natural environment, I intend to capture that pure realm of imagination through photography. Some esoteric philosophies teach that reality is merely a projection of one’s subconscious. The concept of finding the circumstances to photograph that projection without interference (akin to the technique of automatic drawing popularized a century ago by Austin Osman Spare), has captivated me and inspired the name Thought Camera.
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The Lay Line that connects my studio to the Longstone
Early this year I left my beloved home in Luccombe Chine on the Isle of Wight and now live on a boat and have a studio on the other side of the island. The Chine and the surrounding woodland, groves and hollow ways were my muse for a decade. My studio is in an ancient barn on farmland that borders Brighstone Forest, and at the other side of the forest lies the Longstone - a megalithic monument and a place I have made pilgrimages to for many years. Walking between my studio and the Longstone formed a connection and opened up the space between the two - the forest, my new muse (more images to follow).
The Hollow Way
The hollow way has served as a processional path for a decade of regular walks to the Downs and Grove from my home in the Chine, each walk completely different from one another, each season a different song, and each walk is unrepeatable.
Isn’t it good to be lost in the Wood
For nearly a decade I lived in a log cabin at the top of Luccombe Chine - a steep sided wooded ravine on the Isle of Wight. The Chine, and the scattering of woodland and Downs that closely surround it, are linked by the same pathways that now map my subconscious mind. My sense of place here is strong. During those ten years I seldom left an imagined boundary around the immediate vicinity of the Chine. Exploring every square inch and sitting quietly amongst a myriad of trees, plants and skies. My camera never left my side and I attempted to capture those moments of wonder when the veil appears at its thinnest.
THE FAE LIVE IN THE BOKEH
In 2015 I exhibited a collection of photographs at Dimbola Gallery, the former home of pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. The photographs were shot in an area known as the Undercliff, which skirts the southern edge of the Island from Niton to Bonchurch. A seven mile long sheltered coastal terrace. Small secret wooded spaces, trapped between farmers fields, or made inaccessible by ancient landslips. Liminal locations on the threshold between the modern world, and a time when the Undercliff fizzed with magick, with a k. A book that accompanied the exhibition can still be found here