Francesca Woodman- haunting self-portraits

Photography by Francesca Woodman (1958-1981), influential American photographer. Francesca Woodman’s iconic oeuvre includes staged artful self-portraits exploring the relationship between body and space and aspects of identity, featuring her often nude or semi-nude body either in motion, fragmented, collapsed or disguised, like a ghostly, elusive presence in a seemingly abandoned domestic space. The uncanny mise-en-sceneContinue reading “Francesca Woodman- haunting self-portraits”

Review: Gregory Crewdson’s cinematic photography

Gregory Crewdson’s dark, atmospheric, cinematic photographs capture perfectly framed frozen moments incorporating disconnected figures which seem to reflect the domestic and natural landscapes they inhabit; the mundane landscapes are often characterised by an eerie solitude and transformed into something otherworldly, haunting, and compelling. His photographs seem to both reveal and conceal something, creating ambiguous narrativesContinue reading “Review: Gregory Crewdson’s cinematic photography”

Review: John Santerineross – neo-symbolist photographer

John Santerineross, considered a neo-symbolist photographer, creates dark, sinister, erotic imagery whilst focusing on conveying moods and evoking states of mind, an approach favoured by the symbolists in art in general. Neosymbolism explores mystical, emotional, spiritual, as well as sensual themes, the unconscious mind and dreams, metamorphoses of good and evil, the connection between imageContinue reading “Review: John Santerineross – neo-symbolist photographer”

Vision of the uncanny

These photographs are part of the Uncanny series. I’ve felt an urge to make things historically dark and more abstract- having something to do with Duane Michals, Francesca Woodman and the photo-novel of La Jetée, and more strongly with a long inner conflict about whether colour sometimes takes away from the intensity and the visceral experienceContinue reading “Vision of the uncanny”

Dolls and witch balls

York Castle Museum period rooms and Victorian aesthetic: I. Reconstruction of a Victorian parlour, re-imagining the life of a middle class family residing in the York suburbs of the 19th century. II. 19th century Moorland Cottage: the living room of a rural cottage. III. 1700s Dining room book IV. Victorian Street, shot from above, withContinue reading “Dolls and witch balls”

A poem: Wither

I gather tokens of death in appearance fragile- with thorns hidden underneath. A hand reaches out… Blood lingers on thin skin. Petals burn, Smoke intoxicates: you breathe it in. Funeral words carved in marble skin- paralysed, you listen blindly as they inhale life.