Tuesday, 21 July 2009
BEA DENTON /// SOUL IMAGING
Soul Imaging is a series of photographs created in a transition from photography to projection; from projection, through a Camera Obscura and from there back to photography. The merging and separation of these layers results in mysterious, shadowy images that somehow float one-step removed from the picture surface. Like 19th Century 'spirit' photographs they have an aura which is hard to pinpoint, floating one-step-removed from the figure in the waiting room.
Traditionally, purgatory is a place in which the souls of those who have died in a state of grace are believed to undergo a limited amount of suffering to expiate their venial sins. But it is a place of only temporary torment from which, eventually, the gates into Heaven will lead.
The lift in which these images are located is a similar transitional space between one world and the next, a waiting room in which we have a few moments to reflect - if you are going up, are you returning to the light? If you are going down...?
☁ BEA DENTON