WE ARE ALIVE AGAIN
Awaking early from a nightmare about a painful estrangement from a brother.
Come on, come on, get up, we have to go out.
The three of us, escaping into the pale morning sun, I need to walk it away.
I think about…
– Ellie talking about journeying and grief.
– Werner Herzog talking about walking as a way of being, as an act of faith.
– An episode of Friends – in which Phoebe proudly presents a framed photograph of the man she thinks is her father to her friends, not realising her mother had lied to her and had given her a picture of a model. Phoebe doesn’t want to wake up from this lie.
– A couple of years ago, I put a photo of me, jumping, next to a photo of my mother, running. What is happening in the photo of my mother? I don’t know, I haven’t asked. I know what’s happening in the photo of me. What did I mean by putting these images together? I don’t know.
– My table of fragments. Photos, drawings, collages – the autobiographical, the found and the fictional – I move them around, combine and re-combine. Its an evolving collage with ever changing meanings. I discover a personal iconography through years of doing this, repeatedly and obsessively. Hands, birds, trees. A technique for using with others? We are going to try this. Will others find their own personal imagery?
– Rosy Martin talking about using found images:
‘Found images can be used to demonstrate the narrative potential of photographs, and how all photographs are fictions. As chosen moments, edited out from the continuum of everyday life, or highly constructed presentations to the camera, framed extracts from the visual field, all photographs are constructions’ From ‘Re-enactment phototherapy’ in ‘Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digital Age’ (Routledge, 2013, Edited by Del Loewenthal)
-M the art therapist, saying to me that she firmly believes people have the tools they need to do the personal work they need to do to transform their lives. Her job is not to interpret, but to create the conditions to allow this work to happen.
-What makes something art and not just therapy?
‘Personal stories provide a context through which we can identify with our experiences, create meaning and communicate with others’:Mike Simons, ‘A creative photographic approach’ in Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digital Age’ (Routledge, 2013, Edited by Del Loewenthal)
Into my head comes these words:
I put this
I put this moment here.
I put this moment