Subterranean environments have been settings for folklore in all cultures, and every religion has its own lord of the underworld keeping guard of these mythologized places. Although caves and the underground are culturally known for where beasts reside and where bad things can happen, they have also functioned as sites of initiation as well as provided shelter and sanctuary.
Threshold Zone explores this dichotomy by placing the viewer in the space between the entrances to underground spaces (technically referred to as the ‘light zone’), and where the space enters a state of perpetual darkness – the ‘dark zone’. The works create a tension between apprehension and curiosity, inspiring images of mythology, fantasy and science fiction. This experience is heightened by their presentation as light-boxes, and their site-specific installation, originally at Redcliffe Caves in Bristol, which have a rich history and mythology of their own.
Using a large-format camera with only available light to illuminate the subject, it required exposure times as long as one week to render the final image. The resulting pictures are decoys – impressions that seem to depict a split-second yet actually portray an extended period of time, made possible only by the static and isolated nature of these spaces that have their own kind of timeframe outside that of the world above them.