“...In the earliest extended description of the ‘Asphodel Meadows‘ in Books 11 and 24 of the Odyssey we find three passages describing the dark, gloomy, and mirthless place of Hades. This is not the Elysian Plain as it has been envisioned by post-Renaissance English poets, this is Homer’s dark, dank, and sunless underworld where disembodied and senseless spirits of the dead ‘weep and wail pathetically and flit about purposelessly like shadows or dreams’.
These three images, selected from a larger series, open a number of interesting avenues for interpretation and ones in which the Homeric metaphor of the asphodel plays a significant role; namely that which signifies a connection between life and afterlife. In these images the pallid and spiked petals of the asphodel flowers are made to feel translucent and weightless. The photographic method employed to make them lends the image a unique smoke-like quality and thus returns one to the ash-filled meadows of Homer’s descriptions. If we do choose to understand these images as those of an afterlife then it is one which is imagined as both dreamlike and terrifying.” - Robert Lewis Review, 2017