Travelling In A Strange Land is a creative collaboration with the highly acclaimed writer David Park. It is my artistic response to his upcoming novel of the same title, which will be published by Bloomsbury in March 2018. The works explore a reflective journey through the themes of familial love and loss.
“Writing is essentially a solitary pursuit so it was both a pleasure and a privilege to collaborate with Sonya Whitefield as she created her photographic response to my novel ‘Travelling in a Strange Land’. When Sonya read the first draft of the novel and discussed it with me it was clear she possessed intuitive and deeply personal insights into its themes and preoccupations.
The wonderful photographs she has produced journey to the very heart of what I was trying to achieve and also illuminate aspects that have been hidden in my own consciousness. At the end of ‘Travelling in a Strange Land’ the central character states that life reveals itself only as mystery. Working in black and white and choosing to use traditional photographic methods, Sonya’s work resonates with this powerful and intriguing sense of mystery. 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