NARRATIVES

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N A R R A T I V E S  C O L L E C T I O N

“Sometimes reality is too complexStories give it form.” – Jean Luc Godard


Most Western pictorial art represents a moment in time — a ‘snapshot’ — but this collection is radically different, with my subjects appearing multiple times in the same frame.

This may be unique in the world of photography, but the images are part of a tradition in Western art that’s fascinated me since my student years, known as ‘synoptic’ or ‘continuous’ narrative. A favourite is The Tribute Money, a fresco by the Italian Renaissance Master, Masaccio, which depicts a scene in which St Peter appears three times and a tax collector twice. It tells the Gospel story of Jesus directing Peter to find a coin in the mouth of a fish, in order to pay the temple tax. The story is told at a glance, in a single frame, although to make complete sense of it one needs to be familiar with its essence.

These works are created from multiple images that I’ve merged together with contemporary digital photographic tools.

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