Robin James Sullivan


Reflections on Self and Landscape

It is real.
It is blessed with the actions and marks of the everyday.
Of industry. [PROFANE]
Of life. [SACRED]
Of the individual,
and the whole.
It is living and dead.
It is countless and 1.
It is Magic.
It is forever happening.
It is forever present.
It is ancient.
It is the beginning and the end.
It is the constant, for all people.
It is ephemeral.
It’s constant is it’s inconsistency.
It is transitory.
It is all matter.

It’s forms and shapes are not romantic,
they are matter of fact.
It’s colours are not for you.
It is brutal.
It’s representations are mockerys,
Hahahahaha YOU have no understanding.
It is never ending.

It is plural not singular.
It is out there,
and in here.
It is more than what you can see,
and ever comprehend.
It is not to be understood.
Everyone gets it.
It’s definitions merely act as fence posts closing it in.
It exists in all times,
all the time.
It is divided and whole.
It is a mesh, overlapping,
with gaps.
It is misquoted.

It is unemotional.

It is you that is projecting your messiness onto it. Your years of shit and love, overthinking, muddying it and making it complex. It is there, plain to see. You could fuss and say parts of it are made, but those parts that are vernacular are real. Those parts that are merely YOU feeling like you need to beautify it and order it and what ever else it is that you constantly feel you need to do to help dumb that deep-rooted awareness that you’re inferior to it, those bits don’t count. They're yours. Well maybe collectively as a whole they count, but individually they don't, they cant. They're yours and that's not what this is about.

Submission Title

Reflections on Self and Landscape.

Submission Location


Submission Notes

after Otakar Březina

Manifesto Statement

At once never truly original, authentic or real, never encapsulated in a single image.

Additional Responses from D9

Details of a location, real or imagined, where a filmic scene could take place

HA! Exactly the suggestion I was going use. China clay landscape in general, many disused clay pits, waste tips, mica dams, pools and reconstructed landscapes. stunning white industrial/ other worldly landscapes.

A photograph you’ve taken

A historical image
(credit: Wheal Martyn Museum Archives)

D9 Response Prompt Material

Blast No.1

by Frederick Etchells, page 88

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