River Passage

One of the most striking and inspiring characteristics of a river is the power of water flowing in a definite direction. According to Jung, this concept of flow has embedded itself as a symbol in the psyche of Man and emerges in dreams and fantasies. Symbols are like artworks or poems, in that they touch upon our unconscious feelings and show us dimensions of ourselves that we can’t easily express, and the river is a powerful symbol of travel and escape, of exploration and journey. Sitting by a flowing river I’ve noticed an evocation of complex feelings of relaxation and wistful daydreaming, or of nostalgia and even sadness. It is possible that these emotions are brought into the conscious mind by this symbolic and unconscious connection to the flow of water.

Although these images were taken along local rivers and canals in the county of Yorkshire, it was my aim that they be more universally evocative and could be reminiscent of any time and place; a modern reverberation of a former age that would echo my own introspective experience of the riverside. My aim was to introduce a meditative element resulting in scenes of quiet stillness and timelessness. A dawn breaks on a still river scene, the evening falls; the same thing happens tomorrow. A flock of birds flies over the river at dusk under a Claudian sky. A November mist clings to an ancient bridge in the morning sun.
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