TOM VAN EYNDE
These photographs from sites in The British Isles are a continuation of my love of the panorama format in photography, and an interest in history. My earlier work on the “Thebes Photography Project”, again panoramic photographs, which document the temples, the tombs, and the landscape of Luxor, Egypt, are linked to this body of work, as they both share approximately the same time frame in history, about 2500 BC. While they share a time, these images differ in so many ways. These are an exploration of historical sites that had religious significance, yet now have lost their true usage. We bring to their landscape the values of the 21st century. While they are still charged with spiritual values, now they are more like Zen gardens or jia shan shi stones (ornamental rocks). You see them more as contemporary earth works, modern sculpture if you will, than places of ancient gathering or sacrifice. I try to capture this timelessness. My goal is to make photographs that are deceptively simple, quiet and elegant images that linger in your mind.