IMAGE COURTESY OF ISABELLA CAMPBELL FROM THE SERIES TEIFI
www.isabellacampbell.co.uk / @isabellacampbell
“A long-term body of work that concerns the phenomena of the river Teifi that I live beside in rural West Wales. The series reflects the river’s filmic qualities and my relationship with it, photographing, revisiting and walking through its surroundings day to day since June 2016. The work conceptually revolves around the idea of the sensory plate of perception through the lens. This opens up a philosophical enquiry into perception, duration and transparency which collectively form the Teifi phenomena. Despite its industrial past the local gorge is considered to be one of the most sublime spots to experience the Teifi. Ever since the old slate quarries retired in production, the woods have taken back the area leaving the oldest parts of the ancient woodland to flourish as the river winds its way almost silently between the densely wooded sides with their distinctive under-story flora of wood rush. Due to the river’s presence the wooded gorge creates natural high levels of humidity and maintains this level during its summer months by cause of the tree canopy which limits evaporation by the sun. As a result the woodlands are a haven for mosses, ferns and lichens. In the light of the environmental issues we face today the work is to showcase a celebratory vision of what we stand to lose. It has been made sensitively in response to the environment and has become a series of painterly meditations expressing the Teifi’s timeless environmental energies in order to convey the same experience I had when making it.”
Editor’s comment: A gorgeous, understated image, providing of the river framed in dense foliage. The image has a quality of being both rich with sharp detail, and also ethereal, hazy and almost dreamlike. That combination is perhaps the root of the magic that Isabella describes in her statement.