Imaginary Seas

photo by Giles Hodge Gilbert
written by Giles Hodge Gilbert


Fear of the sea, disorientation and solitude are strong themes driving the work and occasionally provoking these responses in viewing. Some experiences that contribute to one’s idea of the sea have not yet been accessed in the work. Salt water blocking one’s ears and compulsive erratic inhalation of the cold may help to define imaginary new waters. Involuntary sinking and buoyancy in these waters are important aspects visually, but these also contribute to the thematic concepts. 


The colour photographs seen have been drawn from waters in the Baltic, Atlantic, North Sea and the Bay of Biscay. In order to study the conditions that exist beyond first impressions, other studies have been made. These involve different mediums and processes that introduce other ways of seeing.