Evoking the Macabre

This series is my photographic interpretation of the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site in Hobart.  I have attempted to elicit the chilling experience of life in this place through composite images indicative of a progression from factual representational to emotive expression.

The Light.  This composite consists of a tunnel entrance to a cramped inner cell known as ‘the dust hole’ and part of the chapel window.  Through this window prisoners were reminded of life beyond the gaol, freedom gained by turning to God and away from wickedness.

Deadlock.  The old chapel lock layered with detritus of a rusty old gate builds this image, evoking vivid memories of cruelty, hardship tolerated by religion.

Other pieces in the Series:

Last Glimpse.   This gallows door may have been the last sight of the condemned prisoner before the hood was placed over his head.  The peephole of the image encompasses a window from the Port Arthur Penal Settlement that existed contemporaneously with the Chapel Site for 47 years.

Trapped.   The gallows trapdoor through which 207 people dropped has an ethereal badge of the convict’s trade upon it.

Sarah Island Traces.  The Sarah Island Penal Settlement was closely associated with the Penitentiary.   The window catches weak rays of sunlight at certain times in the afternoon backing on to the gallows building. Within this light one might capture a brief glance of the Sarah Island Bay where convicts, under very harsh conditions, constructed many ships for the mother country, England.

Notation.   The symbolic representation of this image refers to the authenticity of a prison society in the mid 1800’s, while the shadowy presence of the bathtub reminds us of the strict adherence to ‘cleanliness’ and the Sunday morning bath one inmate following the next, sloshed down with a bucked of cold water from the same tub.

Resilience encapsulates the stoic nature of those who survived their sentence and gained their certificate of freedom.  The vivid colour of shadow and the clarity of the crumbling walls dramatically bathed in sunlight portray the energy and determination of those who could not be broken.  The web manifests the continuance of life.

THE LIGHT

 

 

 

DEADLOCK

 

 

 

LAST GLIMPSE

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TRAPPED

 

 

 

SARAH ISLAND TRACES

 

 

 

NOTATION

 

 

 

RESILIENCE

 

1800s

 

apricot silk taffeta dress front

APRICOT SILK TAFFETA DRESS FRONT

 

apricot silk taffeta dress  back

APRICOT SILK TAFFETA DRESS BACK

 

Chenile dress front

CHENILLE DRESS FRONT

 

Chenille dress back

CHENILLE DRESS BACK

 

cream silk brocade bodice front

 CREAM SILK BROCADE BODICE FRONT

 

 

cream silk brocade bodice back

CREAM SILK BROCADE BODICE BACK

 

 

lace and silk with grosgrain ribbon  front

LACE AND SILK WITH GROSGRAIN RIBBON FRONT

 

 

lace and silk with grosgrain ribbon  back

LACE AND SILK WITH GROSGRAIN RIBBON BACK

 

 

mauve silk taffeta bodice front

MAUVE SILK TAFFETA BODICE FRONT

 

 

mauve silk taffeta bodice Back

MAUVE SILK TAFFETA BODICE BACK

 

 

pinafore front

PINAFORE FRONT

 

 

pinafore back

PINAFORE BACK

 

 

sailor top front

SAILOR TOP FRONT

 

 

sailor top back

SAILOR TOP BACK

 

 

soft coffee cotton dress front

SOFT COFFEE COTTON DRESS FRONT

 

 

soft coffee cotton dress back

SOFT COFFEE COTTON DRESS BACK

Meeting Apollo

Meeting Apollo Series

I use photographic images from my travels and print them using the traditional C-type based process.  I then select and transform their formal pictorial elements, such as shadows and architectural lines, into a symmetrical mosaic of abstracted patterns.

The ensuing digital composites retain their individual photographic character while generating a complex and puzzling effect of an abstract image, producing an optical illusion for the viewers.

Printed on a matt surface of Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Paper, the results are images which visually and aesthetically oscillate between a photographically based print, a drawing or a lithograph.  The prints are mounted on aluminum and backed with a wooden frame.

As a matter of interest ‘Enscribed Tablet’ resides at the University Club of Western Australia and ‘Beguiled by the Curve’, ‘Marco Polo Blush’ and ‘Motif in Marble’ were purchased by the Curtin Student Guild, Curtin University, Western Australia.

The images in this post are alphabetically listed and are mostly composites of 118.9 x 84.1cms, with two smaller images (‘Windmills’ and ‘Marco Polo Blush’), which measure 59.4 x 42 cms.

‘Rhodes Byway’ 1 & 2, and ‘Street of the Knights’ are also printed on Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Paper, measure 50 x 50 cms and are classically framed without glass.

Beguiled by the Curve 118.9x84

                                           BEGUILED BY THE CURVE

 

 

Delphimesh 118.9x84

DELPHIMESH

 

 Enscribed Tablet 118.9x84

 ENSCRIBED TABLET

 

 

Knights Cross 118.9 x 84

 KNIGHTS CROSS

 

 

Marble Column 118.9 x 84

  MARBLE COLUMN

 

 

Marco Polo Blush. 59

MARCO POLO BLUSH

 

 

Moat Crossing. 118.9 x 84

MOAT CROSSING

 

 

Motif in Marble.118.9 x 84

 MOTIF IN MARBLE

 

 

Oriental Bridge.118.9 x 84

ORIENTAL BRIDGE

 

Rhodes Byway1 50 x 50cms

 RHODES BYWAY 1

 

 

Rhodes Byway 2

RHODES BYWAY 2

 

 

Stoned Fruit. 118.9 x 84

STONED FRUIT

 

 

Street of the Knights

STREET OF THE KNIGHTS

 

Towers of Sunshine. 118.9 x84

 TOWERS OF SUNSHINE

 

 

Windmills.59

WINDMILLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sullivans Cove

Drunken Admiral Reflecting

 DRUNKEN ADMIRAL REFLECTING

 (archival digital print)

 

 

 

Engineers Lament

ENGINEER’S LAMENT

 (archival digital print)

 

 

 

Hiddencave

 HIDDEN CAVE

 (archival digital print)

 

 

 

Many Happy Returns

MANY HAPPY RETURNS

 (archival digital print)

 

 

 

Mollusc Bloom

 MOLLUSC BLOOM

 (archival digital print)

 

 

 

Of Sea and Shore

 OF SEA AND SHORE

 (archival digital print)

 

 

 

Remembrance

REMEMBRANCE

 (archival digital print)

 

 

 

Riverview

 RIVERVIEW

 (archival digital print)

2012-2013: Another Time Series

Dappled Light

DAPPLED LIGHT

 (archival digital print)

 

 

 

Gloaming

GLOAMING

 (archival digital print)

 

 

Grace

GRACE

  (archival digital print)

 

 

Icon

ICON

 (archival digital print)

 

 

Lichen

LICHEN

  (archival digital print)

 

 

Oriental WonderingORIENTAL WONDERING

  (archival digital print)

 

 

The BrotherhoodTHE BROTHERHOOD

  (archival digital print)

 

 

IMG_1462

 WALLS FLOWER

  (archival digital print)

 

 

Whispers of the Hareme

WHISPERS FROM THE HAREME

 (archival digital print)