VERERI, 2012 – ongoing, film photography, sizes noted under images. Verēri, a latin word with an english translation to fear. The images of stillness create a sensual immersion in the visual field. The Verēri series looks into the ways fear comes to be understood. Residing in a relationship with the subjective senses and the environment, within quiet moments of nature, where can reasons for fear appear?
Evoking psychological spaces to look at the art of the psyche, the nuance between fear and reverence emerges through time spent looking. Where in these images can be found the motivation to dominate nature? Within the function of the apparatus of photography and image viewing, the memory aspect of psyche forms in the behind area of physiology. This nature of subjectivity relies on a contingency between the openness of the viewer to receive, and their personal memory. The image before the viewer does not form a direct latent image in a 1:1 relation, but rather mingles with the already present qualities within the viewer. Affect is looked at, as a recollection of the ways Fear can inspire motivations as broadly as Control or Wonder.
Looking upon the landscape images, nature as subject and objective invites contemplation on the manner of viewing in the interest of cultivating a loving gaze. Objective reality being that which exists no matter what is thought or believed about it, has been discussed as a construct, triggering latent memories, and leading to a rise in noise. Quietness and subtlety are boring in a culture such as that; and yet, in the quietness and within the subtle are the place to reflect on our relation with nature. To dive into as broad and interdependent area as nature, we must prepare to consider the gamut of brutality and grandeur, reverence and abjection, abdication and agency. Cultivating reverence and the loving gaze for nature reflects our relations with Memory, that which resides within each body.
The images are made to inscribe impressions within the viewer, in the way optics and perception weave themselves not into a new memory, but a remembering of the foundational motive of human nature, with or without ideas, remains one and of nature itself. (The exposures below are a selection from the series.)