Journey into Night

In 2014, Jasper Goodall (b. 1973) left a career in illustration to study Psychosynthesis: a field of existential psychology focused on exploring deeper centres of identity, with the goal of reaching true “self-realisation.” In this period of “creative dormancy” Goodall became interested in journeys – specifically those which focus on the world after dark. He notes: “I’m interested in ideas around being lost – themes of solitude, loneliness and retreat. In our frenetic world, the night forest seems to be the very opposite of our busy, media-filled days. It is a place in which, for a few short hours, no human voice can be heard. The environment is temporarily returned to the wild.” In these velvety images, taken from the Twilight’s Path series, Goodall creates an ode to the evening. Quietude is embraced, whilst twisting branches and fallen leaves become new forms of currency: gold, silver and bronze shine against the depths of black.

Image Credits:
1. Jasper Goodall, Twilight’s Path 14: Sentinel (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
2. Jasper Goodall, Twilight’s Path 31: Beechgrove (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
3. Jasper Goodall, Twilight’s Path 20: Birchwood (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
4. Jasper Goodall, Twilight’s Path 06: Lonely Birch (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
5. Jasper Goodall, Burnt Place 02: Pines (2019). Courtesy of the artist.