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179. Snail with a Flower in her Hair (Imagination 9)

snail with a flower in her hair

I’m not sure whether this snail does the hula when we are not looking, but the idea that she might, is enough. I think that maybe this kind of seeing with childlike eyes and imagination never left me except during the years at university when I stopped enjoying reading. Afterwards, when I got ill, it was a few years before I was cognitively well enough to read, and I still cannot do it for very long at all. But losing myself in other worlds, whether reading or writing them, or seeing them all around me, has been a saving grace. Not being able to watch tv or cope with hardly any sensory input, has made my inner world and outer seeing, much more lively and abundant. Everything has become gift.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

171. Snail Leaf (Imagination 1)

leaf snail imagination

Most of the photos in this section will require very little in the way of explanation! Our imaginations are fired by what we see, what we connect with, what we remember. It is a bit like having a whole cupboard full of cultural connections and ways of interpreting the world, that we draw on. This cupboard is different for each one of us. Where I see a snail shape on a leaf (admittedly I’m a bit obsessed with snails), someone else might just see a blotch, or a face, or another shape entirely. So our imaginations tap into deep places and memories, stories, and this can tell us a lot about the way we are processing the world around us.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

143. Spiral (Aesthetics 2)


Those of you who have been reading my work for a long time will know that if I have a spiritual connection with any animal, it is with the humble snail. They contain soft and hard, vulnerability teamed with resilience, patience and the ability to turn my patio into a shimmering ice rink of silver trails. The spirals they carry everywhere with them are symbols of infinity, and these shapes seem utterly perfect to me. DNA forms itself into spirals, and many astrophysicists now think the universe is shaped like one too.   Imagine carrying a tiny universe on your back!

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017