Collage, chaos and change

The word, collage, comes from the French coller, “to glue”. It’s a very pre-digital activity.

I started using collage as a way of salvaging photographs and paintings that didn’t work. It evolved into an end in itself when I found myself picking up the camera for the sole purpose of creating a collage.

Photography is often described as a way of seeing. Dissecting the images and re-arranging them pushes that idea further. The action reminds me that …

I believe in exploring

I believe in exploring. I can’t imagine what it must be like to not want to explore.

I was very fortunate to grow up on a farm where there was space and opportunity to indulge childhood fearlessness in adventure. Once we were old enough, my siblings and I spent much of our play time unsupervised. There were five of us and only two adults. I suspect our parents realised quite early that we had some practical common sense about us, and they did teach us the basic rules of life – that actions have consequences and that some things are out-of-bounds for very good reasons. Well, actually it was my uncle who probably taught those lessons best when …