The key



One day, while reading Jessie Douglas Kerruish's The Undying Monster, I found myself marvelling at how effectively the written word was able to convey to readers scenes, actions, dialogue and even the thoughts of characters.

Comparing it to photography and motion picture I realised that one of the great strengths of the written word was its immensely efficient ability to convey the passage of time. To me, traditional photography seems still to be the ideal medium for capturing a single moment, event or visual expression of an emotion. Film, video and CCD technologies have evolved tremendously and have been optimised for recording images, and computers have tremendously increased the capacity of artists to incorporate fictitious elements into both of these art forms.

What I noticed, however, is that I had never seen the written word used to convey a complex image set in a single moment in time. The discovery prompted me to attempt the literary equivalent of a photograph - a 'litograph'. The result was Trajectory - a piece that includes both tangible and intangible components and elements of tremendously different scale, the focus of which is a single moment in time.

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