The book entitled ‘Ambiguous Misdirection’ that accompanies this collection contains 40 separate images that personify my vision and give the viewer a clearer picture of how the collection was put together. It was an incredibly difficult decision to edit the images down to the eventual number in the exhibition. I was hampered by several constraints and I agonized long and hard about which images to edit out. Some decisions caused me much heartache and worry. Other exclusions may have offended some of the models. My intention in the pages of the book where I had more freedom to include extra images wasto give a fuller picture of my vision and the development of this body of work.
Below is a short part of the foreword from the book.
Like many artists or creative types, when asked about the actual process of creation and the birth of a project it can be difficult to pin point exactly when it all started, as the process is never straightforward, so cannot be described in black and white terms.
You begin with a germ of an idea, a passing inclination or fleeting notion that over time becomes less ephemeral, gradually taking shape in the back of your mind. Seldom by chance, but somehow clearly and subconsciously the notion becomes an idea that then becomes a possibility and without realising it you’re in the middle of the creation process. And once again without conscious structure a plan is formed and eventually (sometimes painstakingly…) executed.
Well that’s how it was for me.
Ambiguous Misdirection is still in its evolutionary process, because I continue to have new ideas and always want to explore them through my photography. Like the unstructured formation of the creative process with no clear beginning, Ambiguous Misdirection doesn’t appear to have an end either. I think to disengage the creative development on a particular project means that you have to engage in a bigger decision that can affect your whole creative course and not simply one part of it.
I also think that to definitively close the door on an idea can be a limitation for its progression………..