“…the permanent-seeming self is actually an endless procession of disjointed moments.”
– Jonah Lehrer, Proust was a Neuroscientist
The Procession of Spectres engages with vast landscapes to examine the fragmentary nature of the human condition and the emergence of self. The images are from a period where I experienced a kind of “awakening” after a long period of depression. I had forgotten the very basics of who I was. To break the emotional paralysis, I turned to self-portraiture to transform the experience into an investigation into the transitional nature of the experiential self. My interest in theories on the concept of self and consciousness strongly informed the series.
I think of the photographs in this series as a liminal spaces for consciousness, nature and emotions — an inscape.*
*inscape is a concept derived by Gerard Manley Hopkins from the ideas of the medieval philosopher Duns Scotus. Hopkins felt that everything in the universe was characterized by what he called inscape, the distinctive design that constitutes a dynamic individual identity. For Roberto Matta, 20th century Chilean surrealist, inscape meant expressing internal experiences within landscape.