Sacred & Absurd: Votive Offerings At The West Penwith Holy Wells - book of 30 photographs - text - published by Antler Press (2015)
This work is concerned with the ritual and religious practices associated with the holy wells of West Penwith, Cornwall .
A lovely review of this series by Ian Humberstone, albeit with an error as to the the photographic process used - while I work extensively with old processes these photographs are digitally realised - appeared on Caught By The River on April 1st 2016 -
In pre-history the holy wells of West Penwith would have first provided a source of fresh water. Traditions of hydromancy: divination and healing attached themselves to the sites which became venerated for the ‘genius loci’ or resident spirit of the place. The traditions were assimilated by the early Christian Church – the wells being dedicated to various saints.
Images of book layout courtesy of www.antlerpress.co.uk