Furthest from the Sun

 

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. - Anais Nin

Sometimes there is that quiet moment just before you fully wake where sounds are hushed and muted, a warm light begins to bleed through the darkness behind your eyelids and your limbs twitch on their own. In that split second of a moment you exist in a different space, a place in between here and there, a place that you just are.

The term aphelia refers to the point in orbit of a planet at which it is furthest from the sun. In Sydney based photographer Amanda Mason's first book titled Aphelia (and produced by Pryme Editions) it is this relationship of space and distance that is explored. From heartache to the first and last breath, Mason's book is a poem to human existence and all the spaces in between.

Utilising both peel-a-part and impossible project film the publication is split into two chapters or orbits, one half black and white and the other half, colour. This deliberate separation by artist and editor creates a wonderful relationship between the two, allowing for singular readings of images or chapters and also comparatively between the two sections. Through these chapters of creative imaginings, soft embraces and unsettling darkness the viewer is exposed to worlds that Mason has created alongside the real, physical world.

Aphelia subtly questions the drift and changing nature of relationships, place and belonging. Asking the question - what does it mean when you start to drift further away from someone else's orbit?

The images throughout the publication are arresting, full of layers and stories that on every viewing something new can be discovered in the details. The unpredictable nature of the instant film works well in Mason's favour, adding another dreamlike layer to the scenes that she has created. Almost as if they are the traces of dreams that stay at the edges of your consciousness.

There is a moment between flicking from one chapter to the next where the black and white fades to colour and the world around you goes quiet, you are transported to that space in between reminiscent of being between wake and sleep. And then the page turns and one of Mason's images brings you back to the present.

For more information or to order Amanda Mason's Aphelia, head on over to Pryme Editions.