‘Ritornello’ (the little return) is a series of square diptychs predominantly showing the industrial landscape of the china clay area. Each pair of images is created from a single image wherein the left and the right image is moved along the horizontal aspect. It has been suggested, by those viewing the work, that the pair of images are similar to stereoscopic images, although closer examination shows they are not simply shifts from a single viewing position. In fact, the images are a result of horizontal panning. Together they form a distorted panoramic image, one that simultaneously overlaps but also creates a gap between the left and right photograph. They attempt to suggest a question about monocular vision of traditional Euclidean perspective, which posits the notion that at the centre of everything is the observer. This work suggests vision is not objective and that perspective is a spatial construction. The ‘cone of vision’, which is focused back toward a single observer, could be split, or perhaps horizons could be shifted infinitely into new spaces. In common with much of my practice, the suggestion is for the viewer to construct a new landscape from the two combined images in the space between.
This work also represents a reversal of the idea that from different positions we see the same thing differently: within this work, it is the image that has moved and occupies different positions. The viewer, therefore, does not move but sees the exact same image differently.
Its presentation, as two squared photographs, recalls stereoscopic images. I also wanted to subtly indicate something of the virtual, 3D environment, a space that has no physical presence. The gesture of the work also suggests a process of returning to the same space and experiencing a different encounter with an environment. Each return provides a new work, based on experience and perception of the previous work.
DESCRIPTION: Ritornello, 2015. Fourteen framed archival inkjet prints 26 x 13 inch / 66.25 x 33.02 cm