Peer Towers (Courtyard Arts Gallery Manager):
Are there resonances between the way photographers and poets see the world? Wasting time is integral to creativity, as is boredom, daydream and reverie.
Neither creative photography nor poetry are prominent in our vibrant popular culture, and are perhaps not widely recognised or experienced by the general public. Given the “bubble” that their practitioners may operate within, people can be innately suspicious of these art forms.
The common character and temperament may prove essentially conservative, somehow, but nevertheless photography and poetry enter the collective public imagination in ways that few other art forms do. We carry such encounters, consciously or unconsciously, through our lives as enlightening experiences.
This exhibition seeks to put together a series of oblique visual fragments and poems: two different means of creative communication, chance encounters, in the hope of conjuring and interacting, at the same time separate and together in the gallery space, maybe providing a parallel commentary, both trying to express the ineffable.