Terra Nullius

Dreams provide the sleeper with a liminal space; a place where the lines of time and reality become less distinct and sometimes blurred. A typical dictionary definition restricts the phenomenon of dreams to a series of events or images experienced in sleeping minds BUT they are far more complex than this. The project ‘Terra Nullius’ (Nobody’s Land) employs an ordinary bed (a self-built lockdown creation) to act as a symbol of the journey through this transitional space between our conscious and subconscious states; it marks the threshold where the dreamer has left reality behind but is not yet in a subconscious state. 

 

Shooting the project entirely in Scotland over four seasons was a deliberate attempt to explore the way that seasonal change can alter ‘our’ subconscious. The bed and my own presence remain constant throughout this body of work and serve to encourage the viewer to enter each image in a way that is significant for them. 

 

This collection of images conveys my personal love for the Scottish landscape alongside the transitory, fleeting nature of both daydream and nightmare that can rapidly spiral out of control, depending on mood and emotion. 

 

As Time does not feature in dreams, they can be thought of as inhabiting an eternal moment. However, almost always they have some basis in lived experience. When titling the images I have used the actual time and place that they were taken (pinpointed on a map of Scotland) to provide context to the project and hint at the widespread, gruelling nature of the work. 

 

The series of daydreams visualise an ideal, untouched landscape that attempts to convey a sense of calm and act as a safe-haven, perhaps even function as a vehicle for escapism. After all, daydreams are about drifting into a kind of sheltered imagination.

Daydreams

 

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Nightmares

Nightmares punctuate this peace with a fearful reality, distorted by subconscious anxiety into a surreal and threatening experience. In this way the bed becomes a metaphor for the fear that can emerge when night falls.

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As Time does not feature in dreams, they can be thought of as inhabiting an eternal moment. However, almost always they have some basis in lived experience. When titling the images I have used the actual time and place that they were taken (pinpointed on a map of Scotland) to provide context to the project and hint at the widespread, gruelling nature of the work. 

 
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Daydreams

 

14:43 - August 2020 - Loch Glascarnoch, Strathpeffer

12:17 - October 2020 - River Avon, Strathaven

19:25 - August 2020 - Rhue Lighthouse, Loch Broom

16:42 - January 2021 - Loudon Hill, South Lanarkshire

11:55 - January 20:21 - Castle Stalker, Portnacroish

11:30 - August 2020 - Rothiemurchus Pine Forest, Cairngorms National Park

12:45 - January 2021 - River Avon, Muirkirk

15:49 - January 2021 - The Crags, Strathaven

07:44 - June 2020 - Spectacle ‘e’ Falls, Sandford

14:11 - Decemeber 2020 - Sandford, South Lanarkshire

14:59 - January 2021 - Camusdarach Beach, Morrar

09:01 - August 2020 - An Teallach, Dundonnell

Nightmares

20:19 - February 2021 - John Hastie Park, Strathaven

05:48 - March 2021 - Kelvingrove Skatepark, Glasgow

19:50 - February 2021 - George Allan Park, Strathaven

17:23 - February 2021 - Blackwood, South Lanarkshire

19:56 - February 2021 - Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

21:24 - February 2021 - George Allan Park, Strathaven

18:21 - February 2021 - The Raith Interchnage, Glasgow

06:03 - March 2021 - Strathaven Cemetary, South Lanarkshire

21:27 - April 2021 - The Border City, Scottish Borders

20:52 - February 2021 - John Hastie Park, Strathaven