by Peter Marley
About the Book
Offshore is a photographic essay based on a personal journey to Rathlin Island, where both the journey and the destination are framed through mono no aware - the poetry of the everyday. The Japanese aesthetic philosophy of mono no aware, in the simplest definition, celebrates the transience of all things and the beauty of their passing. This is very common in Japanese literature and poetry, where seasonal imagery (kigo), banal actions and simple gestures become immortalised. As such, a haiku can also be seen as a snapshot.
Peter is a cameraman: a photographer, a camera operator, and (sometimes) director of photography. He also works as a prop dresser, multimedia designer, and photographic assistant. Peter completed his MA in Film and Visual Studies in 2010 at Queen’s University and since then has been working in the local film and television industry. If you would like to discuss anything with me that appears on the blog, or relates to it, just send me an email at Paradoxpicturesphotography@gmail.com or comment on any of the posts! PM