Ekphrastic Challenge, February 2016: Artist’s Choice
Photograph: “Met” by Dave Thewlis. “There, in Folded Space, We Must Have Met” was written by Rommel Chrisden Samarita for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, February 2016, and selected by Thewlis as the Artist’s Choice winner.
THERE, IN FOLDED SPACE, WE MUST HAVE MET
—Ekphrastic Challenge, February 2016
Artist’s Choice Winner
Comment from the artist, Dave Thewlis: “I chose ‘There, in Folded Space, We Must Have Met,’ because it most accurately fit the mood of what I wanted to convey when I took the photo. With all photos I take and edit, my intention is always to evoke a sense of emotion. I also tend to like creating very surreal-looking photos whenever possible. I felt that this poem captured both aspects for me: It both provided a sense of surrealism and magnitude while also evoking similar emotions to what I felt when I edited the photo. While editing this photo, I had been pondering themes of inevitability and the trajectories of lives and how they intersect. Furthermore, I contemplated a sense of a greater inevitability, a feeling of being able to see these different trajectories unfolding before they had—seeing how they would intersect in the future—yet knowing that they were all locked into their assigned fates. For these reasons, I felt that ‘There, in Folded Space, We Must Have Met’ most accurately fit the mood of my photograph.” (website)