“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
― Ansel Adams
A wonderful myriad of events takes place as the film is being exposed to light inside the camera. An endless, yet precise in that moment, stream of tiny light particles mix on the surface of the analogue medium. They organise themselves into clusters of light and shadow, for one doesn't exist without the other. The results, seen only after the film has been developed with the use of chemistry, are like a blueprint or a strain of genes. From them an infinite pool of possibilities arises.
“Yoga, meditation, and the martial arts access the soul by way of the body. The physical leads to the spiritual. The humble produces the sublime.”
― Steven Pressfield, “Turning Pro”
To me, working in the darkroom has always been a magical experience. Not only, because I can often see an image forming right in front of my eyes, but these times that I spend on my own two feet moving my hands through the space over a piece of paper, which to an outside observer could seem hilarious or delusional, allow me to get into the state of flow - an effortless and intuitive state of flow with life. There are many aspects of the environment that affect the outcomes of my darkroom sessions. The humidity and the temperature of the air, the freshness of the chemistry, the hardness and cleanliness of the water, the size and kind of the paper, the time of the day or night, the type of film used and the quality of its development… the list is endless. When I’m in the darkroom and allow my body and my mind to become one I exercise trust in wellbeing. I practice knowing that everything wants to reveal its best self. I train myself in allowing for things to be as they want to be.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein
The images selected aren’t accidental, for nothing is. The common thread of the fragmented landscapes and cityscapes is perhaps an attempt at piecing together life events that when looked at separately, or as outside of oneself, can appear disjointed, closed off or obstructed. And perhaps that in itself calls for an integration of the internal and external world, for one doesn’t exist without the other. When the shift of perspective occurs all events that might have been seen as malfunctions or failures are united and fused into a bigger picture, where the complexity of the whole is revealed. The image then becomes infinite in possibilities, with no beginning and no end, and what is most exciting about it is the personal relationship and the meaning given to it. For each is piece is as unique and miraculous in its nature as the entirety that it creates.
Fragmented Landscape was part of an analogue photography exhibition showcasing a selection of large-scale handmade darkroom prints. The show took place 5 - 13 August 2022 at the Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow.