Philo-Sophia

“I was sent from the power
and have come to those who contemplate me
and am found among those who seek me.” – Nag Hammadi, Thunder Perfect Mind

This series of 24 photomontages, using found images, is from 2016.

Leaving the Bath

1. Leaving the Bath

Girls at a Portal

2. Girls at a Portal

St Lucy Comes To St Paul’s

3. St Lucy Comes To St Paul’s

Alighting at St Paul’s

4. Alighting at St Paul’s

Woman with Eagle at a Doorway

5. Woman with Eagle at a Doorway

Woman at a Portal

6. Woman at a Portal

Woman at an Altar

7. Woman at an Altar

Woman in a Courtyard

8. Woman in a Courtyard

Woman with Veiled Attendants

9. Woman with Veiled Attendants

African Woman with Winged Gallows

10. African Woman with Winged Gallows

Winged Gallows in a Reservoir

11. Winged Gallows in a Reservoir

Woman in the Sala del Pugillatore (Room of the Pugilist)

12. Woman in the Sala del Pugillatore (Room of the Pugilist)

Woman with Pillars of Clou

13. Woman with Pillars of Clou

Woman Rising from a Book

14. Woman Rising from a Book

Women with Transgressive Book

15. Women with Transgressive Book

Women Near a Temple

16. Women Near a Temple

Adam and Eve at a Hanging

17. Adam and Eve at a Hanging

Woman Facing the Dawn

18. Woman Facing the Dawn

Women at a Dark Portal

19. Women at a Dark Portal

Woman Eating a Scorpion

20. Woman Eating a Scorpion

Woman with Opium Smokers

21. Woman with Opium Smokers

Shikari Woman with Locomotive

22. Shikari Woman with Locomotive

Woman Meeting a Locomotive

23. Woman Meeting a Locomotive

Woman with a Basket

24. Woman with a Basket

Photomontages are from found digital images, as follows:

No. 1 “Leaving the Bath”
[Woman: from Maxim Vakhovskiy, Black Venus Project. Wings: from Anon., web image. Bath: from Anon., Stabian Baths, Pompeii.]

No. 2 “Girls at a Portal”
Girls: from Anon., “Photograph of Susanna Frida and Anna Clara”, 1919. Portal: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Roma–Subiaco–Monastery of S. Scolastica”, 1960 – 1990. Straw doll: from “Walter Benjamin’s Archive”.

No. 3 “St Lucy Comes To St Paul’s”
St Lucy: from Fra Paolino, “Saint Lucy”, c. 1525. St Paul’s Cathedral interior: photograph by the artist.

No. 4 “Alighting at St Paul’s”
Woman: from ”Appearance of the Apocalyptic Woman and the Seven-headed Dragon”, Jan Luyken, 1700. St Paul’s Cathedral interior: photograph by the artist.

No. 5 “Woman with Eagle at a Doorway”
Woman: from Maxim Vakhovskiy, Black Venus Project. Doorway: from Max Hutzel “Abruzzo–L’Aquila–Tagliacozzo–General views”, 1960 – 1990. Eagle: from Antoine-Louis Barye, “Eagle with Wings Outstretched and Open Beak”, 1795.
[Doorway digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 6 “Woman at a Portal”
Woman: from Maxim Vakhovskiy, Black Venus Project. Doorway: from Max Hutzel, “Umbria–Terni–Amelia–General Views”, 1960 – 1990. Drapery: from Hans Brosamer, “Study of a Hanging Drapery”, c. 1530.
[Doorway digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 7 “Woman at an Altar”
Woman: from Maxim Vakhovskiy, Black Venus Project. Wings: from Jan Weenix, “Still Life with Swan and Game before a Country Estate”, c. 1685. Swan: from Frederick Bloemaert, “Four Swans”, 1635 – 1670. Vault: from Max Hutzel, “Campania–Caserta–Capua–Museo Campano”, 1960 – 1990.
[Vault digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 8 “Woman in a Courtyard”
Woman: from Pierre Trémaux, “Nouba Girl”, salted paper print 1853 – 1859. Wings: from Nicolò Ricciolini (1687 – 1772 ), “Studies for Saint Michael Defeating the Rebel Angels”. Dog: from Anon., web image. Courtyard: from Edouard Denis Baldus (attrib.), ”Temple of Diana at Nîmes”.

No. 9 “Woman with Veiled Attendants”
Woman: from Anon., ethnographic study. Drapes: Anon., 1521. Portal: from Max Hutzel, “Campania–Caserta–Capua–Museo Campano”, 1960 – 1990.
[Portal digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 10 “African Woman with Winged Gallows”
Woman: from Prince Roland Napoleon Bonaparte (French, 1858 – 1924), “African Woman”, about 1888. Courtyard: from Sir David Young Cameron (Glasgow, Scotland 1865–1945),“Venetian Courtyard”, graphite on paper. Gallows: from Lucas Cranach, “Simon the Zealot Sawn”, 1510 – 1514. Wings: from Jan Weenix, “Hunting and Fruit Still Life next to a Garden Vase, with a Monkey, Dog and two Doves, in the distance Rijksdorp near Wassenaar, Seat of Jacob Emmery, Baron of Wassenaar”, 1714.

No. 11 “Winged Gallows in a Reservoir”
Gallows: from Lucas Cranach, “Simon the Zealot Sawn”, 1510 – 1514. Wings: from Anon., “Eagle on a Rock”, publisher Gordinne, 1894 – 1959. Reservoir: from Louis Ducros, “View of Old Water Tank from Taormina“, chalk on paper, 1778.

No. 12 “Woman in the Sala del Pugillatore (Room of the Pugilist)”
Woman: from Anon., “Portrait of an Aboriginal woman with body scarification on her upper body, wearing armbands and a skirt”, Gulf of Carpenteria, Northern Territory, 1911. Room: from Anon., “Hall with sculptures in the Museo Nazionale” (Room of the Pugilist, National Museum Rome), publisher Fratelli Alinari, c. 1880 – c. 1895.

No. 13 “Woman with Pillars of Cloud”
Woman: from Frank Hurley, “Widow of Vilirupu (woman wearing grass shawl, skirt and beaded jewellery)”, from Photograph album of Papua and the Torres Strait, 1921. Landscape: from John Beasly Greene (1832 – 1856), “Temple of Amon, Luxor”, Salted paper print from a waxed calotype negative, 1853 – 1854. Clouds: from photograph by the artist.
[Landscape digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 14 “Woman Rising from a Book”
Woman: from Gerald Hill, “Portrait of an Aboriginal woman with body scarification on her upper body, Krichauff Ranges region in the MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia, Northern Territory”, 1911. Book: from Jan Luyken, title page to “De Onwaardige Wereld” (The Unworthy World), 1710. Courtyard: from Max Hutzel, “Abruzzo–L’Aquila–Celano–General views, Image 29”, 1960 – 1990.
[Courtyard digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 15 “Women with Transgressive Book”
Left woman: from Sarah Johnston Chinnery, 1887-1970, “Motuan woman dancer, wearing a grass skirt, Port Moresby, Papua” ca. 1923. Right woman: from Anon., “Young woman wearing a skirt made of beaten bark, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea”, probably 1916. Book: from photograph by the artist. Book cover illustration: from Aurora Consurgens, c.15. Background: from Victorian Railways photographer, “Bush scene at Marysville”, Victoria Australia, ca. 1945 – 1954, glass negative.

No. 16 “Women Near a Temple”
Group of women: from Anon., “ A native woman at Hagen landing ground, Central New Guinea”, 1933. Temple: from Louis Ducros, “Exterior of the Ancient Temple East of Gallipoli”, 1778. Wall emblem: from Aurora Consurgens, c.15.

No. 17 “Adam and Eve at a Hanging”
Man & woman: from Campbell, J. P., “Adam and Eve (Aboriginal man and woman, Northern Territory)”, 1912. Gallows: from Anon., “Seven Men on the Gallows”, Bolognese School Italy, about 1630, pen and brown ink over black chalk. Temple: from John Beasly Greene, “The Kiosk of Trajan, Philae”, 1853 – 1854, salted paper, from a waxed calotype negative. Theatre: from Vignes, Louis, “Djerash: Petit Theatre/Voyage du Duc de Luynes”, about 1874, photogravure: Acier par Ch. Negre.
[Theatre digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 18 “Woman Facing the Dawn”
Woman: from Gerald Hill, “Aboriginal woman with body scarification on her upper body, Krichauff Ranges region in the MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia”, 1911. Landscape: from William Henry Goodyear (1846–1923) “Egypt – Philae”, before 1923. Sky: from Charles Marville (French, Paris 1813–1879) “Etude de Ciel”, 1855–56, salted paper print from glass negative.

No. 19 “Women at a Dark Portal”
Left woman: from Anon., “The Patti Cloak”, Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, 1864. Centre woman: from Anon., “Water-Proof Cloak, Back And Front”, Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, 1877. Doorways: from Max Hutzel, “Abruzzo–L’Aquila–Celano–General views, Image 52”, Foto Arte Minore, 1960 – 1990.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 20 “Woman Eating a Scorpion”
Woman: from Satoshi Kinoshita, “Woman picking up ice cube, Party on Kellet Street, Kings Cross, January 1995”, 1995. Scorpion: from David McClenaghan, “Little Marbled Scorpion (Lychas marmoreus)”, CSIRO ScienceImage, 2005. Woman’s cloak: from Anon., “New Style Cloak, Front And Back”, Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, 1862. Courtyard: from Henry Cammas, “Inner view of the East side of the Second Court at the Palace of Rhamses Meiamoun, Medinet Habu, Thebes, Egypt” negative 1860 print 1862, albumenized salted paper print from a waxed paper negative.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 21 “Woman with Opium Smokers”
Cloak: from Anon., “The Eudora Mantle”, Godey’s lady’s book, Philadelphia 1830, Legend on border: “This graceful wrap, which, however, can only be worn with a trained dress, is of black velvet trimmed with bands of black satin and jet fringe. The streamers are of black satin, ornamented with jet cord and narrow plaitings of velvet.”. Opium Smokers: from William Thomas, “Opium Smoker”, 1867, albumen silver print from glass negative. Background: from Henry Cammas, “Hermonthis”, Armant Egypt, negative 1859 – 1860, print about 1862, albumenized salted paper print from a waxed paper negative.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 22 “Shikari Woman with Locomotive”
Woman: from Anon., “A Shikaree woman, Mussulman, Sind.”, from the book “People of India”, Forbes Watson (1827 – 1892) (Editor), Sir John William Kaye, (1814-1876) (Editor), India Museum (Publisher). Locomotive: from Anon., “C Class Consolidated Type Used on Goods Trains”, State Library of Victoria, Australia. Background: from Antonio Beato, “Village de Edfou”, 1860 – 1869, Albumen print.

No. 23 “Woman Meeting a Locomotive”
Woman: from J. K. Sherwin, James Cook, John Webber, “A young woman of Otaheite dancing”, 1784, engraving. Man: from Anon., “Man sitting cross-legged with pipe”, 1870s, Ken and Jenny Jacobson Orientalist Photography Collection, visiting card, albumen positive. Locomotive: from Anon., “S Class Pacific Type used on Sydney Express”, State Library of Victoria Australia. Background: from Maxime Du Camp, “Égypte Moyenne. Pyramide de Chéphren”, 1850, Salted paper print from paper negative.

No. 24 “Woman with a Basket”
Woman: from Anon., “Sindee woman, Mussulman, Sind.”, from the book “People of India”, Forbes Watson (1827-1892) (Editor), Sir John William Kaye, (1814 – 1876) (Editor), India Museum (Publisher). Basket: from “Sieve”, Thebes, Byzantine Egypt, 580 – 640, Palm leaf and fiber. Stage: from “Schouwburg met toneeldecor: De aloude Hofgallery” (Theater with stage set: The old Hofgallery), Adolf van der Laan (after Hendrik de Leth), 1736 – 1738, etching. (Amsterdam Theatre. Part of a series of 12 stage sets.)

I have wherever possible used images I know to be out of copyright. However in some cases the copyright status is unclear, and in a few cases I have used portions of images I know to be still in copyright. In all works I’ve supplied the available attribution information. If I am using an image inappropriately please contact me and I’ll remove it.