Unrelenting #8

 Posted by on November 21, 2013  Add comments
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I've been posting these crazy images of pretty much nothing lately and feel I had better explain a bit about them and at the same time about myself.

I've always been fascinated by the horizon, I didn't actually know I was but now that I have had time to reflect on it a bit it's been a thing that for longer than I've owned a camera has been something that if been happy to sit back and contemplate.
It all came about with a little trip to the beach here in Dunedin with Bruce Girdwood and Dave Slaten. Bruce, as you will have seen, has been creating some amazing images and he wanted me to find him a beach so he could carry on along his journey, I obviously complied as best I could. He was off doing Bruce type things and I took the time to make a few images of the water and the sky not in any way aware of what I was trying to achieve. It was in fact for me more about the technical aspect of what I was doing, as far as meaning went I was like a drunk blind man in a china shop.
I was on the way down a one way street but had no idea of the destination.
After Bruce and Dave left the next day I took time to look at what I had created and, after a wee bit of post processing and a couple of sleepless nights, I started to put it all together in my wee head. I looked back at a lot of images I had made in the past when presented with similar outlooks and it came to me that I wasn't photographing the water or the sky but the meeting of the two. The horizon.
The true meaning of why the horizon fascinates me so is still a mystery but it's something that I am captured by currently and I'm really enjoying investigating it and where it takes me. If any of you have any idea feel free to share them I just might get a full night's sleep again then.
Some members of this community have, in the past, encouraged me to find a theme and work on it well, bingo, I think I have. The funniest thing about that is Ian has been the most vocal and now I'm doing it he's stuck having to take the journey with me. Serves him right really.

I have to say a huge thanks to Bruce for forcing me into a position I would have otherwise not been presented with, it's the great thing about this community is that at times we are forced to divert our view and that can lead to some very interesting outcomes.


I dedicate this to Bruce without who the china shop would still be intact!

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  8 Responses to “Unrelenting #8”

  1. Ferg, here’s my tuppence worth.
    The horizontal axis, represents the path from birth to death, and linear time. This axis represents life on earth as a binary, linear process- life to death, beginning to end, and the dual nature of human existence evidenced by our symmetrical shapes: left and right, male and female, good and evil.
    The horizon also is the point of contact between the sky above and the land below which can represent our spiritual versus our physical awareness. Maybe if this is where you are focussing your attention then these are the issues you are solving.

  2. There is always a reason why, we just have to take the journey to find out, where it is taking us. Don’t fight it “oh great one” let the subconscious do its stuff, it will come clear!

  3. I was told many years ago (by an eminent photographer of considerable age) that horizontals are very calming – so maybe that is where you are going at last Ferg – it might all be coming together for you without you being aware of it now that you have left the earthquakes behind and are settling back into your southern abode and doing something that you enjoy.

  4. I am quite humbled by your dedication Ferg and don’t feel I deserve it, but thanks mate. As you know I have been on a similar journey and have been quite obsessed too, although few have been made public recently. You love the horizon, I have been exploring edges and interfaces because I feel I am on teetering on an edge and need to find a new space of calmness and stability. It’s all becoming clearer to me in my context and hope it does for you in your context too. Like I said in my first post on edges – let’s see where it goes. I am sure our journeys will diverge. Bon voyage!

  5. I simply feel hugely privileged to be involved with such a fantastic group of people as the “aGatherers”.
    Ferg to be a small part of this journey is amazing but to just watch it evolve week by week is the best bit.
    The insiteful comments from everyone else put a slightly different perspective on the series.
    But I’m simply going to say WOW!!!!!

  6. The important thing is what you, as the artist, eventually learn from this Ferg. It is such a powerful thing this thing called art. Our communication between our conscious mind and our sub conscious and the universe. I will be interested to hear what you eventually figure out. For me as a viewer these horizons are about a similar thing, the meeting of the physical and spiritual worlds. I guess that is the place where art is. What is over that edge is unknown and that could be terrifying but in studying it it becomes ok. It is also ,as Pauline says, the line between life and death.

  7. I keep coming back to this .. I have a desire to open the throttle at se what’s over the horizon.

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