MARTIN P COLLINS
FINE ART PHOTO PRINTS   BANGKOK  2010
'Between Ghosts and Machines
Gallery  5
'Bangkok Night Visions'  
The 'Mirror' or 'Janus'  Image can make ordinary objects or scenes more intense with a beauty
both strange and magical through the ambiguity created .'Between Ghosts and Machines' is a
multi-purpose metaphor: Just as the city landscape , and buildings are a complex apparatus,
bustling by day, and haunted by night,  as if 'peopled' by the ghostly presence of all the transient
spirits  who had passed through over the  years. The human animal  is also part  bio-machine,
part museum of personal and cultural experience, driven by hope, desire and the shifting pasts
of individual and collective memory. Double Headed Janus, which is the pre-Freudian universal
symbol of complexity of self between needs and desires and doubts, has been a big formal feature
in my work over the last few years. Bangkok Janus features select images from my Bangkok
neighbourhood and 'voodoo Village from Landscapes and surfaces in Thailand and England.
PHOTO-COLLAGE   2006-2008