Ghosts are Real

by Philip j brittan




Ghosts are Real by Philip J Brittan. 2019 edition. First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Signed and numbered by Philip J Brittan to copyright page. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About Ghosts are Real

Philip J Brittan outlines the context behind this book: Looking back, it seems clear to me that 'Ghosts Are Real' is about the bruised relationship between the world and the self, with love providing my own protective shield, present everywhere, agile and invulnerable. It is a reminder that there is no bolt to slide across the past, thoughts, good and bad, welcome and unwelcome, will always return from the long grass of memory. The work was created during a difficult period of my life. My mother had just died after struggling with illness for several months and dealing with the estate fractured my family in rancorous conflict.

I escaped each evening for long, slow walks through the city and surrounding countryside. The night walks became a sort of haven, a place to recuperate from the troubles of the day. Memory is always associative; we recall not just the place itself but what it conjures in the mind. Walking, a different route each time, and often suddenly prompted by a particular place, I regularly experienced the emotional ambush that can arrive in the small hours with the past erupting into the present; welcome ghosts and lyrical memories alive with my time spent in the city, from child to adult—faces, voices, objects, music, walks, animals, stories. 'Ghosts Are Real' is the series of images I created based on those long night walks; images that are as much about feelings experienced—the sense of a vanished world—as the representation of particular places.

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