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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

This is a book that creates a space of immersion. The sequences use photographic sequences of movement through a wooded space to produce an expressive, interior space. The merging of subjective, interior conditions and apparently exterior perceptions is emphasized by the way the photography inflects the record of a perceptual event. (See critical analysis)

Project Statement

by J. Drucker

In the "Introduction," Helen Douglas writes: " Once I said to someone that I thought we all had a Wild Wood within us, he replied, "Speak for yourself". I though "I will". This is my Wild Wood in book. I hope in its venturing more than a leaf or two will be shared. Wold Wood took root in my childhood and was inspired by the Fairy Dean in the Elwy Glen where I was brought up, and by the small ancient woods at Deuchar and Tinnis Stiel in Yarrow where I live. In gathering material for this book I felt I was gathering something of the Border past to take into the future. Carrifran Wildwood, the Border Forest Trust project to enable a wild wood to take root and flourish in this valley has been a constant inspiration. I would like to think of this pocket book as a miniature, as a seed of this much larger Wildwood of hte future. // Many people have been part of my Wild Wood. I would like to tahnk Philip and Myrtle Ashmole, Fi Martynago and Tim Stead for their wood conception.. Kirsty Adam, Nicky Tonneri, Annica Sandstrom, Susan Johanknecht and Kedzie Penfield for their friendship and listening to my stories of the wood. Particular thanks to Telfer Stokes for the same and for his looking and Paul grime for his helping. Technically many people have assisted me, many thanks to James Wilson at Transcolour and Peter Townsend at Sykes. // Out in the woods friends and ancestors came and went, paused and enriched my days. Thanks to all of them. Laurie my son included. My father was often there. He taught me so much about woods and wild flowers. It was his tremendous Border spirit which taught me to venture. This book is dedicated to him.

Wild Wood

Helen Douglas


Helen Douglas

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: Weproductions

publication: 1999-00-00

publication history: Published by Weproductions in Deuchar Mill, Yarrow, Scotland, in 1999. [E. Rettberg]

Aesthetic Profile

conceptual (AAT)

photographs (LCSH)
artists' books (LCSH)

themes: nature, metaphors of nature and consciousness [E. Rettberg]

themes: spiritual metaphysics within a conceptual frame [J. Drucker]

content form:
picture book (AAT)
visual narrative (local)

publication tradition:

inspiration: See project statement for Douglas's comments on the impetus for this book. [J. Drucker]

related works: Helen Douglas, Swan Song with Damselflies; Weproductions (2006) [J. Drucker]