Ritual and Ruin

David Knox

2016 - 2018

These photomontages are part of a series entitled "Ritual and Ruin", depicting life in an arcane netherworld set somewhere in the mid19th century American South. I digitally combines selected elements from historical images with my own photography. Each piece contains around one hundred layers which are digitally sized, blended and collaged into a single image.

Created in the realm of historical fiction, these pieces weave together the disparate, war-ravaged lives of soldiers, civilians, slaves, women, children, and animals with the iconography of the American South. The characters in these stories, suspended in their bizarre afterlives, remain disconnected from the particulars of history as they gather, in ritual and in ruin, to celebrate, glorify, perform, exalt and mourn.

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  • The Cane Field

  • The Christening

  • The Comet

  • The Deer King

  • The Emancipation

  • The Fall of Leviticus

  • The Prophets of Shiloh

  • The Reckoning

  • The Resurrection of Amos Youngblood

  • City Upon a Hill

  • The Elegy of Angus Holt

  • Yellow Jack