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The philosophy of the contemporary travel writers with their emphasis and reliance upon in-depth prior research within specific geographical and thematic frameworks is adopted as a starting point for the project. This provides the overall structure for the journeys during which chance encounters and the experiences that flow from them self-perpetuate through subsequent reactions, actions, and decisions.

History, politics, culture, nature, and allegorical references to cinema, painting, and photography all collide within an examination of the human psyche. Transmigrations is not only a study of the notions of cause and effect but also an exploration of our reaction to unfamiliar locations and situations over an extended time period, and how these manifest themselves within our vision and understanding of what we see and experience.

The images may occasionally appear deceptively simplistic yet are sharply observational. Subtly political, playful and humorous, vibrantly colorful, physically overwhelming, they are transfixing and transformative and never anything less than gripping.

The photographs demand multiple readings to begin to understand their complex individual and collective meaning. The work is therefore also a celebration of the potential of the photo-book and the strength images can acquire within each other’s presence when carefully juxtaposed.


About the Author

Craig Ritchie
craig_r London, UK

A graduate of the University of the Arts, London, where I obtained an MA in Photography, I embark upon long-term solo projects requiring extended periods in the field often working under tough physical and culinary conditions.

Ranging across fine art, portraiture, still life, documentary, landscape, and observational street photography I am particularly interested in high altitude cultural landscapes and neo-tropical forested areas.

Publish Date  April 16, 2011

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  74 pgs   Premium Paper, lustre finish

Category  Arts & Photography

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