The Time of Dreaming the World Awake by Yvette Monahan

Issue 67

The Time of Dreaming the World Awake is a portrait of a place, a landscape of possibility.  

This photographic body of work is based in a small region in Southern France.  

I was drawn there initially by the story of Bugarach, the ‘magic’ mountain.  Bugarach was somehow connected to a Mayan prophecy which indicated that the world as we know it, would end on December 21st, 2012.  The prophecy claimed that this date would mark the beginning of a new era for humanity, a new and sublime future.  Bugarach was to be the first bastion of this modern Arcadia.

I felt that the landscape around Bugarach had a palpable charge and I was compelled to continuously return to photograph it throughout 2012.  This idea of a new ideal destiny was appealing as it offered a sense of possibility.  It allowed an allegorical landscape full of portents to exist, one that was beyond the visual reality.

In order to access the intangible within the landscape, I engaged my intuition, photographing people and places only when I felt moved to.  I used this method of visual enquiry to try and understand the existential nature of this place.

Nothing happened that December, which was to be expected.  Despite this, I realised how important it was for me to believe in the possibility of an idyll, even if it only existed in my mind.

Yvette Monahan lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
To view more of Yvette's work, please visit her website.
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  In the shadow of the mountain

In the shadow of the mountain

 Tipi

Tipi

 Pan

Pan

 Near the gorge of Galamus

Near the gorge of Galamus

 The Labyrinth of Nebias

The Labyrinth of Nebias

 Bugarach

Bugarach

 The end of the road

The end of the road

  Ruckenfigur

Ruckenfigur

  The Presbytery

The Presbytery

  The road to Montsegur

The road to Montsegur

  Montsegur

Montsegur

  The baths of St. Thomas

The baths of St. Thomas

 Caterpillars 

Caterpillars 

 Alpheus

Alpheus

  The trembling rock

The trembling rock

 The sleeping giant

The sleeping giant

 The Source

The Source

 Nixe

Nixe

 The Valley of God

The Valley of God

 Falcons

Falcons