Medium:Archival signed edition photograph
Size (h x w):56cm x 41cm
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Why should I have photographed such a situation as this?
Perhaps I should have been annoyed by the transitory changes
that prevent you from viewing the exhibits. However the opposite
is the case. Inadvertently the Victoria and Albert Museum had
created a visual shock and it took some time to analyse quite
why a 'fenced-off' Buddha should cause my heart to miss a beat.
It would be presumtuous to preempt your own reaction which will
inevitably be different from my own.
There is a strange dichotomy in the twenty first century between
the politically correct, and the compulsion (in some) to be as
explicit as possible in an attempt to shock. I will therefore edit
some of my reactions on the grounds that I am not Henry Miller,
one of the innovators of explicit social realism, although
'The Naked Lunch' might have made an alternative title!
In such an image, colour is irrelevant, it is extraordinary how tones
of grey excite the feeling of the sun's warmth, the cool of the shade.
Perhaps even stone figures have a need for privacy and time away
from the public stare. A fragment of nudity heightens a desire for
greater revelations. 'People condemn that which they inwardly
The image, humorous on one level, taps the subconscious and we
become this Buddha, vulnerable and exposed even in moments of
privacy. A society that feeds from scrutiny, will erode the sanctity
of our private lives. In such a society there will be a need to
strengthen our inner selves, a need for greater spirituality.
It gives me hope to see the young stop and wonder,
to see their minds turning over ideas internally regardless of the
opinions of their peers, they just might become spiritual beings in
later life. This is an idiological fence, free from accusations of
radical extreamism, symbolising an impenetrable state of great solace and
A prayer within a prayer - inside silence.
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