Veil leads the viewer on a dark, meditative journey into the unknown. One half of the landscape is concealed behind a black curtain, or veil. Beyond, we see a darkened space, obscure in nature, location and scale, enticing but also unsettling, offering a passageway fraught with uncertainty and potential danger.
Launched at the 9th International Photography Gathering in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2006, Veil is a deeply-felt series of images that alludes to the blindness and vulnerability with which we all enter our own futures.
Veil points also to the subjectivity, complexity and uncertainty of our perception of truth. What exactly are we being shown in this work? What lies behind the veil? Photography is often said to provide a ‘transparent window’ onto reality. Such a view assumes, wrongly, that the whole of truth can be found in the surface appearance of things. Additional information always exists, hidden from us, which might otherwise affect our interpretation of what we see.
Veil reminds us of the shallowness of appearances by the device of the black curtain, which obscures what would otherwise be clearly seen. The result is a series of images in which viewers are forced to rely on conjecture and faith in their interpretation of what is ‘really there’, in order to understand the meaning of what they are being shown.
Selected examples, above, from Veil: click on thumbnails to enlarge
Originals printed in two sizes: lightjet
prints on C-type lustre paper, 48x48in (122x122cm)
and archival pigment prints on 100% cotton art paper, 15x15in (38x38cm)