A looped video piece formed from further sequences of studio photographs and the site's ambient sound, with the collaboration of the church's choir. The work's round-the-clock duration is reflected in its title, as is the ecclesiastical Latin of the sung antiphonal verse whose ancient text and melody hover in and out of the real-life soundtrack. Digital and analogue processes combine in an attempt to map hope and experience to the passing of time.
Nine photographs from a sequence of 168 taken at 5-minute intervals from before dawn to after dusk in mid-December are joined to form a composite photograph depicting the West Window of the church, and its view across the city of Bristol. The passage of time is captured from the studio - the internal space of the image. Recalling ecclesiastical musical heritage, the title of the work reflects the season of Advent.
From the studio West Window to individual panes and views, I was inspired by all the church's windows.
They were the starting point for my residency publicity work, as well as my own. The combination of old and fractured glass, carunculated lead mullions and the grime of years in the more inaccessible reaches has given way to poetic associations:
For now we see through a glass, darkly,
but then face to face: now I know in part;
but then shall I know even as also I am known.
(I Cor 13 :12 // KJV)
With the church new to commercially printed advertising, I was asked to design Christmas advertising for services and events that could also be enjoyed as a Christmas greeting.
Flyers were a simple but effective device and did both: people enjoyed the imagery, so the flyers were frequently given away as personal cards – often enough finding their way onto fridge doors and mantelpieces. Touching base with neighbours at Christmas.