Magic, mystery and mythology of the Mediterranean
by Photographer Elliot Nichol & Writer Kriss Nichol
About the Book
‘BETWEEN LANDS' the book is produced by fine art photographer Elliot Nichol. The forty eight page hardback edition contains a selection of stunning black and white images of the Maltese coast. Using photographic long exposures techniques, Elliot creates imagery that provides glimpses into another world; calming rough seas, currents and waves change into ethereal formations as clouds streak across distilled skies, capturing all the magic, mystery and mythology of the Mediterranean. Throughout the exhibition opportunities abound to see into another world – a tranquil, purely surreal, untouchable place…a place of legends.
Kriss Nichol is a writer who has taken Elliot's vision of legends and translated them into poetry. Each of Elliot's images is accompanied by a poem that seeks to explore a Greek myth, enabling another level of meaning to permeate the photographs, that of the connection between gods and mortals, land, sea and sky.
Born and raised on the northeast coast of the UK, I have always had a strong connection to water. The natural powers of the oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, their reflective properties and movements have always inspired me to capture these elements with my camera. At the beginning of my photographic career, before the digital revolution, I fell in love with the pure magic and mystery of photography. Endless hours in the darkroom processing films and prints, surrounded by jars of chemicals, thermometers, the constant sound of running water in a room poorly lit by a red light, with all sorts of equipment littering all over the place, was like a wizards cave. My memories are still so vivid – watching a blank piece of paper in the developing tray come to life was always mesmerizing. I think it was also the anticipation of it all, not knowing what you’ve got on your roll of film until it's processed hours after you have taken the final frame or how the amount of light exposed from the enlar