Times beyond the tree
Photographs, Line Drawings, Texts and Song Lyrics by David Michael Shanks
by David Michael Shanks
Times beyond the tree is a short portfolio selection of my recent photographs, line drawings, texts and song lyrics.
Loneliness, solitude, emptiness.
Awareness, connections, excitement.
A tiptoed journey that turns dead-end glances to next door's shadows
An awkward, onward struggle that can never be as expected
A couple lie in bed and listen to one another breathe
An old woman is reassured as a flag signals her death
Two strangers find out they have already met and spoken without words
And a windowsill sunset somehow connects it all together in perfect harmony
The title is a reference to Chris Marker's photomontage La Jétée . A man travels back in time to save civilisation and find his former love. While in a park, the couple stare at a cut cross-section of a giant sequoia tree that is marked with historical dates. The man points somewhere beyond the tree and says "This is where I come from".