MARTIN P COLLINS
FINE ART PHOTO PRINTS BANGKOK 2010
'Between Ghosts and Machines
'Janus Temples: Hatchings and Quantum Events'
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 Thailnand and England.