Travelling In A Strange Land is a creative collaboration with the highly acclaimed writer David Park. It is my artistic response to his novel of the same title which was published by Bloomsbury in March 2018. The works explore a reflective journey through the themes of familial love and loss.
“When Sonya read the first draft of the novel it was clear she possessed intuitive and deeply personal insights into its themes and preoccupations. The photographs she has produced journey to the heart of what I was trying to achieve and also illuminate aspects that have been hidden in my own consciousness. The images captured reveal both a tenderness and a sense of intellectual strength. In the external world portrayed and the shadowed interiors of the heart, her eye has captured again and again what I have struggled to express in words.” David Park
When David and I first met we shared the influence on our work of the photographer Bill Brandt and his passion for shadows and light. So with that connection and armed with an old Mamiya camera, I set out to bring the central character’s love of the art of photography alive as well as bringing my own personal response to his story.
I have worn it like a coat, resonating with its themes: from the struggles of being a parent, the feelings of estrangement that follow loss to the discovery of light and beauty out of the darkness.
These images are just a selection from a body of twenty photographs that will be exhibited as part of the John Hewitt Summer School in July 2018 at the Market Place Theatre, Armagh.