Image and text courtesy of Miriam Fodge from her series Somnolence.
“Insomnia is a state I have no memory of living without. The night is a place that has become known to me like an old acquaintance. I want to look at the process of being awake, when the mind wanders, especially during the small hours of the morning, just between night and the dawn of a new day. It is a special time that almost has its own sound, invokes a feeling of somnolence. I invite the viewer into my sleepless time bubble that I am in. Maybe it will feel familiar. While insomnia might sound strenuous (which it can be) I am interested in exploring the other side of this state that is not terror. I have spent many peaceful hours, sometimes content, sometimes indifferent, creative or productive and wonder if it is not such a bad thing after all.”
Editor’s comment: “Beautifully lit in the available light, and creatively framed – unusual, but not awkward – Miriam’s image evokes the feelings of a dreamstate – the familiar becoming fractionally twisted, taking on a strange and unexpected clarity. She elegantly captures and shares that feeling of a nighttime insomnia-driven wandering.”