Artist's Statement

Here are two contradictory insights:

"We are all separate. If you prick me, you don't suffer." - Giuliana, in Michelangelo Antonioni's "Il Deserto Rosso" (Red Desert), 1964.

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." - John Donne, Meditation 17, 1624.

Can they both be true? My work springs from the tension of bearing them both in mind when I create the pictures you see here.

For example, in the normal course of daily life individuals appear to dwell in separate worlds: their contemporaneity with others being purely coincidental. Time itself seems to be a personal possession, unique to the individual.

Guesthouse

This is especially true in the context of the consumerist world: among the malls, restaurants and cafés, where endless choices are made available to satisfy each person's individual taste.

Yet despite all the barriers keeping us apart (from each other and from nature itself) there is also the possibility of intimacy, where each "island" becomes reconnected to the "main." In some of my images this converse view of the world becomes stronger and begins to dominate - which is one reason why I call this series "Reconnecting."

I'd also like to think that I've found a way to bring some of the unique characteristics of photography (not least of which is the "decisive moment") to within the purlieu of art. That, too, would be a serious reconnection.

Always, the overriding objective is to communicate a feeling: my response to observing a moment that has been experienced in various ways by those depicted in the composition. - John Lewell

Awkward Moment

[On this page, top: "Guest House"; bottom: "Awkward Moment".]