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Lough Corrib

Another visit to the shores of Lough Corrib because the weather was so nice and I simply couldn’t resist it. It was a spectacular evening. The water was calm and clear and offered an opportunity for a kind of impromptu piece of performance art.


I decided to attempt to capture my reflection on the water while taking certain stances and poses. Strange perhaps, but I rarely include my own figure within my creative practice. And I am not entirely sure why I felt the urge to express myself in this way all of a sudden – but it felt like the right thing to do. And sometimes, you just have to follow creativity along and see what happens.



I got assistance from my friend Mike to take these particular photographs. And I am quite pleased with how they turned out. Despite the soft colours and calm mood in the photos I feel like there is something confusing and nearly sinister about them. Perhaps that is created by the reflection being so distorted and awkward. Yes, one can define the human figure but the somewhat skewed representation makes the viewer uncertain and unsettled.



Not sure what will happen with these photos in studio and how they will influence the progress of the project. But as I said, it felt like the right thing to do. It made me feel strong and grounded.


I’ve been feeling frustrated and down lately; the ongoing pandemic has taken its toll I suppose. And it is also annoying that I am still not able the get the certain equipment I need to develop and start weaving samples properly. I might need to start to investigate in alternative routes…



Stay well and look after each other,

Marlene