The Two Ways
Since biblical times The notion of The Two Ways has signified a divergence in two paths; not necessarily of right and wrong but of a great difference in outlook. This theme has provided a rich vocabulary for representation throughout the history of art, most notably with Oscar Gustave Rejlander’s 19th century montage combination print depicting virtuous pleasures versus sinful. Unlike Rejlander’s work, which does point out a distinct right and wrong way, a clear interpretation of The Two Ways is not always so evident and based on personal experience and conjecture.
The images I have chosen for The Two Ways represent the dichotomy in my work as exemplified in two previous galleries, Crowded Slopes and The New Wilderness. While both of the earlier series look at our relationship with the alpine environment, one portrays mans urge to socialise, colonise and dominate while the other represents a more solitary, romantic experience against the uncontrollable power of the natural world.