In Search Of Hyperborea
A stunning surreal landscape image depicting a journey or a quest to find another land. The origins of this work go back a long way to 1994! In my black and white film days many of my images were pictorial or landscape. The bare bones of this image had survived - quite extraordinary really as it wasn't even a great photo! So this image was created from a photo of a single tree - the classic lone tree - the one on the right of the image. The black and white photo was scanned and digitised and then I created a mirror image to create two trees. From there on the rest was intuition. It could have been anything except it had to have, for me, some sort of meaning! Then later I was listening to some back catalogue music by Tangerine Dream - the 1983 album called "Hyperborea". I didn't know what the word meant so I did some research. Hyperborea is a fabled land (much in the same way as Atlantis or Lemuria) from the Greek myths about a land of eternal sun and Spring that lay beyond the cold northernmost extremities of the Earth and inhabited by a super race! The colours I had created in this piece emulated the cold leading into the warmth and so I wondered if this was a depiction of the final lands before Hyperborea? Originally this piece did not include the outline of the land seen in the sky and between the two trees, so I inserted that later to suggest the land of Hyperborea rather than create Hyperborea itself. So, 24 years in the making! And the search is at an end!