He shewed a little thing, the quantitye of an hesil nutt in the Palme of my hand; and it was as round as a balle. I lokid thereupon with eye of my understondyng and thowte: What may this be? And it was generally answered thus: ‘It is all that is made.’
Julian of Norwich
Simplicity, optimism, and earthiness.
Three characteristics to draw from Sister Julian’s revelation. The resonance of the ‘shewing’ proffers a sense of mysticism beyond the intended Christian message. The metaphor can be read as contemporary in the current chaotic world. Despite her own near fatal illness and having witnessed the Black Death she retained a strength and optimism famously encapsulated in the lines “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”.
The images present the opportunity to focus on the complexity of the world through the simplicity of a series of found natural objects from land and sea. The aim is to cultivate an attitude of contemplation, requiring time and thought.
William Morris looked to the medieval period for simpler and better models for both living and production. The present technological revolution has many similarities to the traumatic industrial revolution that troubled Ruskin and Morris. The hand made process of the book reflect these tensions.
As a photographer my default form of communication is the image. The words of Sister Julian are turned into an image and then into a physical object in the form of a book. Exploring a connection between the physical and metaphysical.