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Deep Forest # 1
Photography, Ultrachrome archival print on 360gms art media
23" x 23" in
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By the grey woods,- by the swamp
Where the toad and the newt encamp-
By the dismal tarns and pools
Where dwell the Ghouls,-
By each spot the most unholy-
In each nook most melancholy-
There the traveler meets aghast
Sheeted Memories of the Past-
Shrouded forms that start and sigh
As they pass the wanderer by-
White-robed forms of friends long given,
In agony, to the Earth- and Heaven.

Edgar Allen Poe, Dreamland

Deep Forest

I am a child of seven, lost for five days in a deep European forest. The memories have been altered by time, but the fears and nightmares remain. The creatures and ghosts of the forest are no longer fleeting visions of mysteries and enchantment, as they are now the primordial fears that have affected all humans at one time or another. The gentle caress of the wind in the trees is now a scream of despair, the soothing subdued light of the canopy only to reveal ghouls and demons, streams hide angry trolls.

And so I take the journey to exorcise these fears and memories of a childhood long past, seizing the visual evidence of the forest that reveals itself once more. Loss, fear and salvation are again the psyche of the man, visions abound as they are spoken intimately; the journey is the complete cycle of life, the spiritual and physical communion with all. The spirits whisper to the child that they knew he would return and seek again the mysteries of the forest, its dangerous beauty that lures him to remain forever.

Pierre Dutertre