Absent Presence began as a kernel of an idea conceived as I walked into St Martins on the Hill, Scarborough. I was confronted by the almost tangible presence of those who had gone before me. I had been offered the space to make a piece of work in for Coastival, 2013 and so set about how to explore and express this feeling.
I used hundreds of photographs that slowly morf into each other creating a sense of the passage of time and an emotive, dreamlike quality.
The central image was back projected on fabric that filled the central arch, 4 meters high, it was then flanked by 2 projections that are much slower and contain text that is to supplement the central image. The ripples represent a constant presence flowing through everything. Almost like each of us pass the baton on to the next generation, and the join is seamless. under each image in the center are also ripples.
A soundscape wraps up the whole piece and encases it somehow. In the vaulted church, surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows it felt very special.
It is best viewed with a cup of something so that you can relax. It is about the passage of time and takes about 7 minutes. Photos of the installation being created can be seen here;