As a society we are aware that we need to make changes to safeguard the future of a civilised and healthy planet. We have a sense that we need to move beyond the personal motivations that guide our behaviour, in order to embrace wider political, social and environmental concerns. We know all this, and yet for the most part we continue on our individualistic paths.
In these scenes, moments of stillness linger after the protagonists have moved on, leaving traces of choices being made and actions taken. Sentiments that often lie invisible just below the surface of society make their presence felt on the physical environment, alluding to motivations and themes in human conduct.
This exploration of human nature is played out against the rumbling malcontent of Nature forced to endure and to wait out its temporary inflictions. Rocks re-appear as a motif, one gently weeps under the melting snow, while another is confined beneath the monolith built around it. These are rocks that have been brought by the glaciers from far away places, vestiges of colder times and witnesses to great planetary change, that are now decorative features.
As a photographer looking to address these themes, and develop an appropriate visual language, the work has become an appreciation of the iconography of photography. By revisiting a number of central themes and symbols in the history of photography I am exploring how a photographer can use historical visual subjects to address contemporary concerns.
A historical understanding of the term ‘Sixes and Sevens,’ describes a reckless gamble of great risk, while a modern definition suggests a sense of confusion and a world in disarray. I would like to draw on both definitions in underlining the themes within this work.
Looking to the future, this is the third part of my ‘Northern Trilogy.’
Print sizes; 80 x 95 cm and 95 x 80 cm, Edition of 5 with 2 AP.