With this body of work I wished deal with chaos in nature, mind and soul. Through articulating a formal structure from the apparent natural chaos I started to understand the solace I initially sensed in this location. An interconnectedness acting as a defense against the world at large, surrounding and protecting.
Dark Time took shape over several years with my vision and realisation becoming more and more refined as I worked with the subject and space. Producing this work has very much shaped my way of seeing, photographically and every day.
Dark Time takes place in one small location close to where I live, an old quarried gorge (den) and centers around a single large beautiful beech tree. Most of the images are within a 10 meter radius of this tree.
The title derives from a poem by American poet Theodore Roethke.
In a Dark Time
In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood--
A lord of nature weeping to a tree,
I live between the heron and the wren,
Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den.