Images and titles in "Variant Cycle" are inspired by William Blake's poem "The Second Coming." Blake wrote the poem in the aftermath of the First World War and while his wife recovered from the 1918-1919 flu pandemic. Likewise, my images reflect some of my uneasiness and apprehension in the wake of vaccines for Covid 19. Is this recovery truly real? Or, will we end up like deer at the feeder – only to be shot dead later by some new variant of the coronavirus. As Blake wrote: "the centre cannot hold."
The titles of the images may also be read as a short poem:
"Vexed to nightmare"
bound by uncertainty
the game of corn
leads to decay