Touchscreen of Mortality

Photograph taken in Leeds on Thursday, 5th October, 2017

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Mistress of the Underworld

Photograph taken on at Porthlisky Beach, St David’s Peninsula, Pembrokeshire on Monday, 19th June, 2017

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The Escape

Photograph taken in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris on Friday, 19th May, 2017

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The Reading Stone

Photograph taken in Lautrec, France on Sunday, 14th May, 2017

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A Thirst Quenched By Fire

Photograph taken near Low Snaygill, Skipton, North Yorkshire on Saturday, 22nd April, 2017

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Found Portrait of Gherasim Luca

Photograph taken in Skirkes Wood, near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire on Sunday, 17th April, 2017 of a ‘mask’ made of earth, twigs and ferns moulded onto a tree.

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Vigor Mortis

This morning I received VIGOR MORTIS, a collection of photographs by Javier Gálvez and Bruno Jacobs, published by Ediciones El Ojo de Buey in Madrid, for which I wrote a brief introduction, which is published therein in Spanish and French. The original English version can be found below.

Elogio de la Pereza

IN GOOD HEALTH

When we are young and exalting in the strange eons we inhabit, believing them to be timeless, we can easily despatch Death with a single bullet to the heart or even the squirt of a carefully aimed water pistol. Even Death may die… But we wake from our dream and find that it is only some dull religion that has fallen. We need to clear our heads and take a walk, with Death as a close companion.

In this stroll though Death’s stone domain, we encounter angels with heavy wings bearing unreadable instruction books; the broken and incomplete, decapitated, cut in half, without hands or feet; a lost sole treading softly over a lion’s spouse; a ladder left for the dead who rise from the tomb to climb to false paradises, as if Pompeian sleep might preserve us here for eternity, in an afterlife garden of perpetual retirement, fixed within a photograph within a photograph.

Even Death may die? On the contrary, it is premature to write an epitaph, except perhaps our own, as here we have photographic evidence that Death is in very good health, and of a humorous and philosophical disposition.

Kenneth Cox
February 2017

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