Allan Grainger

Arbor Mysterium

I have spent time, during the last eighteen years, in the company of a small group of friends, walking at night along the old paths and bridleways of East Sussex. On certain walks our rambles would take us through woods and forests. In 2017 I revisited some of these areas to photograph them.

In the woods, I stood still, around me trees seemed ghostly, aged. To be in a wood or forest at night one needs to surrender to it or become easily spooked. Being out in the country at night without artificial light was for centuries commonplace; few today have experienced an environment without some type of artificial light.

What an experience like this can do is open up the imagination; the night can play tricks with your perception, it can present different visual perspectives, different soundscapes. I found these woods the perfect place for psychographical encounters; they are produced here in these thirty-two images.


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