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 in England.
MARTIN P COLLINS
FINE ART PHOTO PRINTS BANGKOK 2010
'Between Ghosts and Machines