In Dies

Exhibited as an interactive photo exhibition: Summer 2018, Vallum Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria

The elusive mountain hare is found in elevated regions of northern Scotland. Historical folklore has often regarded the hare to have close ties with the witches of the land. If you’re lucky, you might see the back of one as it sprints away into the hills and if you were to meet one face to face, its deeply rounded eyes and pinned back ears might entrance you with a spell-like charm that converts your belief to the ancient tales told. It seems fitting then, that its scientific name Lepus timidus, the highbrow name used by scientists, biologists and professional naturalists around the world, translates to ‘timid charm’.

Photographic project In Dies, Latin for everyday, encourages you to look at the wildlife around you. The scientific Latin names that have often been created by the people who discovered a species, and are taken so seriously by industry professionals, are pulled apart in this project. Explore the details of each species that stood out the most to the person(s) who found it and have been lost or overlooked within our everyday language. Transport back into their shoes and rediscover the everyday species found on your doorstep!

In 2018, In Dies was exhibited as a photographic installation. Images were selected from six generalised animal categories and presented in two forms; species from woodland habitats were printed onto wood slices, while species found around water habitats were submerged or placed onto water. Audiences were invited to touch and interact with the photographs on the printed materials in order to build a connection between the viewer and environment, and also to allow the viewer to lift and view each piece through their own perspective.

This excerpt is taken from the essay and photo series “Exotic Britain”. If you wold like to see more or showcase this piece of work, please get in touch.