Walks with a magic painting...

This is a project devised to engage members of the public who are unfamiliar with both formal artistic settings, contemporary theory and digital media, in this instance senior citizens based in rural environment.

It uses the device of a simply painted mirror to encourage participants to view themselves and their familiar environs in different ways - the metaphor can be much more widely extended. The images depicted here are from a two hour session with Jim, in the setting of his allotment and orchard and are shot using a digital camera and mobile phone. Jim is 78 and has never used a computer, mobile phone or digital camera before this time and was resistant at first. The results are both beautiful and playful and show the pleasure derived by Jim moving from the role of participant, through to director and finally artist. Some of the final shots from the day with Jim are in the 'october tree' section of this site and the mirror is one of the series I have previously painted.