RIVER OF THREE CROSSINGS (Selected Photos)

 

River of three Crossings is a travelogue that evolves around the mythic, nomadic nature of landscape photography. It is a symbolic tale forming an epic cinematic journey.

Each chapter explores psychological territories, using landscape as a stage on which to cast the themes of desire, identity and personal history whilst the spectator is encouraged to assemble clues and construct a personal narrative.

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This project is divided into three sections, which tell personal stories about remembered and imagined “lands”, blurring reality and fiction.

1. Promised Lands

The start of the journey begins here. The images from this series are all landscapes that represent realms relating to personal identities embedded in my mind.

‘Canaan’ (1-6) are images from elemental landscapes in Iceland where I recognised extracts from biblical tales taught in my childhood. ‘America’ (7-12) represents the promise that a land can hold to generations of immigrants, such as those of my parents. ‘Hampstead Heath’ (13-18) represents a place of promised pleasure, excitement and even maybe love.

 

2. In-between Lands

A passage between the promised and the dreamed. These spaces are nomad-like, transitory, cannot be fixed, but instead pull us into a deep reverie, of being in between a promise and a memory.

3. Dreamed Lands

The last sections features spaces and landscapes that once epitomised fantasy but now lie in rot and decay. They can only return us to the workings of our imagination and to our deepest memories.

All images are available as C-Type prints | 4x5'' / 120 x 150 cm.  | Edition of 1

(c) Caroline Smith