Tamany Baker Photography
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[Living with Wolfie]
[A Random Walk]
[Our Dark Companion]
[Transient Beauty]
[False Moons]
[Dark Light pt.1]
[Dark Light pt.2]
[New Light]
[Sun and moon]
Untitled shown at Galway Arts Centre   Our Dark Companion, 2008 (work in progress).

This was initially a collaborative piece with artist Ruby Wallis made in response to the Irish winter landscape. Working on a joint residency, we brought together our shared fascination with the way that images can explore the unconscious and provoke a psychological and visceral response, what Freud termed an “uncanny” or “unhomely” sensation. The work echoes some of Sylvia Plath’s poetics of winter melancholia:

The austere sun descends above the fen,
an orange Cyclops-eye, scorning to look
longer on this landscape of chagrin:
feathered dark in thought, I stalk like a rook,
brooding as the winter night comes on.

The work in part pays homage to the monograph, Solitude of Ravens, by Japanese photographer, Masahisa Fukase. However, whereas Fukase’s work contains a certain bleakness, this work strongly embraces the notion of cycles and community: the necessity of the dark as part of the whole.

Printed on cotton rag paper, these prints resemble Japanese screen prints.

Untitled shown at Galway Arts Centre  
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