Beltane is the Gaelic celebration of renewal and rebirth, meaning “bright” or “brilliant fire”. From the darkness of the preceding months, earth reawakens, and fires lit to cleanse and make fertile the months ahead.

Nietzche stated “to build a new sanctuary, a sanctuary must be destroyed.”

I had the opportunity to explore a home which had been gutted in a fire. From so much trauma these images emerged, like a sinister grace, pulling me in to study the beauty that was drawn by flame and smoke. Captured digitally, they took on a life of their own, having almost claimed one. Since rebuilt, it now accommodates and gives hope to people who have endured other kinds of trauma and abuse.