“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour”
Opening lines of Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
Prolific artist, photographer, writer, and all round creative maven Persephone Winter recently unleashed a selection of images called The Below Series. A stunning array of altered photographs depicts the floor we walk on in fantastic and artistically enriched detail. The same way a musician will add effects to their instruments to bring out unique timbre and quality, artists like Persephone Winter do the same thing to their captures. The addition of variant tones and adjustments of visual contrast gives rise to abstract and unique landscapes from almost alien worlds. They began as images taken of cement on the ground, the textures and gradients within the floor are almost always over-looked. These superb images help us to see that even our own door-step contains a universe of imaginative exploration.