At the Violet Hour

At the violet hour, when the eyes and back
Turn upward from the desk, when the human engine waits
Like a taxi throbbing waiting,

The Waste Land, T.S Eliot, 1922, III The Fire Sermon, 215-217

The series is concerned with the aftermath or the non-event. It depicts the time after the occupant has departed, the feeling of ennui, when the space is empty of human presence, and only the creases in the sheets outlining the activity or the non activity of the night, are left.

The photographer essentially becomes a voyeur in this intimate space, the bedroom, but what has been chosen to be shown gives little away about the occupant, as the image denies the viewer visual access to the rest of the room. The images relate to the viewer in terms of landscape. The shallow depth of field, and the attention to the ‘tropistic stimuli’ (light, texture, abstraction) also helps to disorientate the viewer, and so the main concern becomes one of perception, and activity of looking.