Photofusion Member | Gerry McCulloch

Gerry McCulloch is a Photographer, Cinematographer and Film Lecturer at Goldsmiths.

He is currently pursuing a five-year project based in Singapore called Isolates of Valid Perception – a still and moving-image project that explores subjective relationships between consciousness and its appearing objects:

Established photographic terminology is replete with the language of aggressive material acquisition: we ‘take’ pictures; we ‘shoot’ photographs and films; we ‘capture’ images.

We unthinkingly construct subjects as objects, perpetuating stereotypical forms of looking and promoting knowledges as commodities to be acquired, rather than as sites of engagement that contain the potential to uncover meaningful truths about our relationships with the world.

Gerry’s work contrasts Indo-Tibetan epistemological configurations of perception (impermanence), cognition (emptiness) and subjectivity (selflessness) with phenomenology of perception, corporeal ontologies and affect.

© Gerry McCulloch, from the project Isolates of Valid Perception

Isolates of Valid Perception is a still and moving-image project that explores subjective relationships between consciousness and its appearing objects. This is the first collection of images in the series.

Within the context of the premise, an isolate is loosely posited as a pictorial or sequential element. However, entire picture systems and indeed collections of pictures can function as isolates. Each isolate is imbued with subliminal sensory cues. Mundane isolates mirror transcendent isolates and vice-versa.

Isolates ripen individually and collectively in the mindstream, but only if a trace of the isolate endures – uncontaminated by discursive elaboration in the perceptual continuum.

The temporal sequence of . . .

~ Meeting the isolate in open presence
~ Sustaining the primacy of sensory cognizance
~ Suspending the impulse to conceptualise
~ and Embracing corporeal reciprocity

. . . is important, because contact with the isolate dissolves when discernment is attempted through the lens of a pre-configured paradigm.

See below for more images from this project…

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