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Lloyd Morley

And the time will come
When you see we're all one
And life flows on within you and without you
George Harrison

(Patterns)
An Artist's statement
By Lloyd Morley

I was in a state of extreme depression and I found it very difficult to look beyond what was right in front me. I could not see beyond the moment, beyond the day. It was as if I were wearing blinders. All my focus was on the loss of my most beloved dog. Platina.

Platina held a most important part in my life; so important I made her the subject of my Master of Fine Art graduate thesis. That body of work consisted of abstract details. The lines, forms, shapes, textures and patterns that I found in my beloved Weimaraner. I was to repeat these techniques as I move forward.

After the death of Platina I was to become so severely depressed that I spent many months grieving over her grave. Day after day month after month, summer turned to autumn and autumn to winter. I would just sit and stare.

Then one day I finally began to look around. Although Platina, my girl dog and the love of my life, had died in summer I was now in the depths of winter. As I looked around what I saw were the details of a decayed and frozen world. It was then, after over a year hiatus, I picked up my camera and started photographing details of this deteriorated world.

Death is cold and in winter the decay is deliberate and I with my narrow and dark focus could see nothing but the details of an eroding world. If not for my photography I may have never moved beyond my depression.

Within these details I was to discover a vibrant dynamic world filled with the most intriguing patterns. I was bearing witness to the curing of life. Through this decayed and frozen world made of ice, so fine and frail, I would witness an ever-changing cycle of shifting patterns. Never quite the same these sequences would repeat themselves time and again freezing, thawing, freezing and thawing. With no two days ever the same I realized just how brief and fragile this cold and lifeless world could be.

It is with these images I offer glimpses into places that are thought of as lifeless, stagnant and frozen. And it is with these images that I hope the inquisitive viewer will find, as I did, a most delicate and active visual landscape.

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