To simply view the images in this project, please click on the picture below.
For those of you who wish to read something about this project, my statement is available below.
What was on the other side? This may be a simple question
to ask, but it is one that engages the imagination
and often invokes wild flights into fantasy. The collection of
works presented here attempt to entice the viewer to ask and
then answer this very question. All of these are based upon
passageways, from medieval to Roman times, which were
captured during my 2011 trip to Northern Italy.
Each passageway suggests the results of an attempted
pilgrimage, either as an open-ended story, or one that
had abruptly ended. Each image palette presents its own aura
of history with a sense of obscure, time-worn mystery.
Within the series storyline, we wander through the
entrances depicted in the first images. Once inside, we
turn in different directions, trying to proceed through other
passageways only to find some barred and others closed. In
other images, some are only partially open, perhaps in reluctance,
while others are completely open, perhaps in abandonment.
And still others are more openings than doorways.
Finally, we find ourselves before the memorials of life in the
But we must decide for ourselves why this passage as a
storyline has led us here. We have been on a journey
between frozen fragments of time that progress from one
opening to the next until we come to this ending. But where
is that ending? And is there any lesson metaphorically that
we can learn from the barred and closed passageways within
our own lives? If we listen close enough and long enough, we
may still hear the faint echoes of the lessons learned from our
ancestors as they walked these Ancient Passageways.