3.1.3: Lost on the Way to Zennor: Collage

Create contradictory or new meanings by juxtaposing existing images and text through collage.

The mind can be imagined as a landscape, but only the mind of sages might resemble the short-grass prairie in which I played with getting lost and vanishing. The rest of us have caverns, glaciers, torrential rivers, heavy fogs, chasms than open up under foot, even marauding wildlife bearing family names. It’s a landscape in which getting lost is easy and some regions are terrifying to visit. (p53)

refering partly to Iraq and other wars and quoting philosopher Slavoj Zizek.)

There are known knowns. The things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know… (then there are) the ‘unknown knowns,’ things we don’t know that we know… the real dangers are in the disavowed beliefs, suppositions, and obscene practices we pretend not to know about. (p168)


Collage series 1: Getting lost and losing things

Original photos selected, converted to split-tone images in LIghtroom and printed out.

Original collage

Getting lost and losing things

Mysteries and unknowns

Series 2 Love Lost

Series 3 Love island

Series 4 Say it With Flowers: Calla Lilly

Symbolism from Teleflora: During the Victorian period in the 19th century, there was a flower language boom that meant certain flowers were associated with expressing particular feelings. That means that sending someone a bouquet delivered a very specific message based on the flowers’ meaning. There was no need for words – the recipient could decipher the intended message merely by the blossoms chosen and the way they were arranged. 

Symbolism: the name comes from a Greek word ‘kalla’ for beauty. It is also known as the pig lily, trumpet lily and arum lily. “The exquisite calla lily is an appropriate flower for any occasion that involves major transitions, rebirths and new beginnings.” Used at weddings as traditional symbols of divinity, marital bliss and true devotion, and the calla lily marks the 6th wedding anniversary. Used at funerals they represent sympathy and the purification of a departed soul. https://blog.teleflora.com/what-do-calla-lilies-represent/