Ghost History

Ghost History
Jenny Bolis

‘Ghost History’ introduces the reader to a lone ballerina whose figure, and the architecture that surrounds her is accentuated with projecting light and the shadows it casts. Her face hidden, she holds balance on a nearby column before dancing, en pointe, from room to room, from photograph to photograph.

Jenny Bolis captures the ephemerality of past and present, exploring the psychological space and narrative of a 19th-century manor and its contents: aged garments, hand-written journals, embossed wallpaper and lace curtains among others; while an illuminated lamp post and lit candles burn through the cover of darkness evoking spiritual undertones. The accompanying essay by Kirsty Francis provides a rhythmic transition from visceral to written composition, offering a poetic description of the mysterious photography.