Tuesday, 19 August 2014

How Shall I Get Elephants To Stay (a book of dreams)

"Dreams are wonderful things, but how often do we forget our dream worlds as soon as we wake up? How much time do we spend trying to remember little snippets of them? Trying to piece them together during our waking hours? Trying to make sense of them?

What if we could write down all of our dreams, using art and photography to illustrate the brilliant, sad, and just plain bizarre aspects of our subconscious? This is exactly what artist Gaynor Perry has done in this remarkable new book.

How Shall I Get Elephants To Stay gives you the chance to get inside the mind of an artist, allowing you to see their innermost thoughts through words, photographs and pieces of artwork.

Using this range of artistic media, the author puts her dreams on display for all to see and ponder, giving you a fascinating insight into her world. Both thought-provoking and evocative, these images and words help to recreate the surreal and ethereal realm of dreams in the mind of the reader.

A lone suitcase stuck in a desolate stream, the beautiful eye of a horse, a silhouette looking out to sea… these images are at once alluring and melancholy, imitating the atmosphere of our other-worldly subconscious creations.

What are the meanings behind these dreams? Will you see any of your own dreams mirrored in this book? And what would your book be like if you were to record the subliminal messages from your own mind?

Whether you’re fascinated by dreams or a fan of modern art and photography, How Shall I Get Elephants To Stay will delight and enchant, captivating your imagination and stimulating your subconscious. Delving into the world of dreams has never been so beautiful."

Jessica Grace Coleman, Author



This book contains a collection of my vivid dreams during 2010-2014. In one dream, I was writing a book and the cover said, How Shall I Get Elephants To Stay – hence the title.

Many of the photographs in the book were captured on my phone camera, walking to and from work or taking a stroll.  And I'm curious to know how aspects of the scenes I notice are absorbed unconsciously, to reappear later in fantastical combinations whilst I'm dreaming. An alchemical mix of sense, memory and emotion often serving to help me thrive. Or simply causing me to wonder.

I've noticed that minute observation of inner life in the dream state subliminally influences perception of the outer world, which in turn infiltrates the dreams.  It seems to me that there is a point at which the inner and outer overlap, and I'm compelled by the synchronicity occurring within that fertile space.  I aim to capture the essence of this feeling in my art practice.  

I would like the reader to be transported by the words and images in this book and explore their own sensory response without guiding them to any foregone conclusion of my own, but opening them up to the tangibility of the inner worlds.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Portrait of Evelyne Allard













Evelyne is an aerial artist currently performing in LIMBO at the South Bank in London.  

I was struck by the poetry of Evelyne's performance and wanted to capture the essence of that feeling in these photographs.   





Sunday, 1 June 2014

LIMBO

Danik Abishev

LIMBO is a wondrous blend of music, dance, circus, sideshow, magic, acrobatics and spectacle.  I'm fortunate enough to have seen it twice now and each time has been a life affirming experience.

Here are my photos of the cast warming up before the show.










Mick Stuart










Hilton Denis














Saturday, 22 March 2014

An Evolution of Love


I've been working with performance artist Bridgett Ane Lawrence on the imagery for her new production An Evolution of Love.




It's a dance play written, choreographed and performed by Bridgett Ane for the Brighton Fringe Festival, May 17-19 at the Marlborough Theatre.  As well as these stills, I've created films which will form the back-drop to part of the performance.


She's a fearless, talented performer and also an Asana Yoga Champion.


I wish her every success!