Return To Huldra’s Wood is a visual exploration into Scandinavian Folklore. A Huldra is a mythical character who lives deep in the forests of Sweden and Finland. Also known as Pine tree Mary or Skogsfu (in Norway) this secret woodland dweller lures her prey into the darkness of night and underneath the heavy branches she is known to do unspeakable things. The Huldra appears in many fairy tales written by Peter Christen Asbjornsen. The Huldra represents a deep fear of the wild, of sexuality and of otherness.
This photographic series was exhibited at both Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne and the Perth Centre of Photography.
"For The Nautilus Is My Boat" is an homage to the poem and illustration of the same name by Warwick Gobles, who also famously illustrated "The Water Babies", 1863. The illustration portrays a young girl adrift, upon the high seas aboard the sea shell, Nautilus.
Fossils, shells and tortoises became regular heroes on the pages of fiction around the same time as the release of Charles Darwin's "Origins Of Species", emphasising our connection to nature as well as our desire to understand life cycles and all of Mother Nature's glorious mysteries.