I collect my films under the name “Omphalos”.
Alexander McCall Smith wrote to me to say “your films are very beautiful”.
In the making of these films I have gathered images, words, music and audio from a wide variety of sources. I find it is beyond me to remember and acknowledge each and every source and if anybody has any concerns please get in touch with me and I will do my best to rectify any omission. My films are made out of love and fascination in my own time and are generally about time past. I do not make my films for commercial reasons and make no money out of them whatsoever.
These films tend to be short and cover a range of subjects. The idea generally behind my films is that they should have no immediate separation into ‘two cultures‘: science and humanities.
As a scientist I have generally found that through naming things we may feel that we can be more ‘objective.’ This of course may not always be the case. As my medical career has demonstrated to me.
Omphalos carved by Peter into a dead tree stump
As an artist I find that I have to see beyond the scientific method to more fully value the subjective. I find as an artist that I do not always want to explain why I have named things. I also worry that in naming things we reduce the experience of being and becoming in the world.
Peter held in his mother's arms
Like many film-makers Peter employs symbolism in his films:
The teddy bear is called Hale Bopp, after the comet of 1997. He was bought by Peter for his son Andrew on the day of his birth. The teddy bear represents the intrinsic brightness of all children in the world. Hale Bopp travels with us, and as a “transitional object” (part of us, but not us). Hale Bopp, nout but a teddy, is but one representation of the impossibility of experience being fully “captured”.
The mortar & pestle pharmacy signs represent the pestling of our Hippocratic oath by a world that is market driven and aided and abetted by existential fear. My first memory as a toddler was from my pram: above me I could see a golden mortar & pestle. Peter wondered why a jar of sweeties should be raised so high?
The Antiquary. Peter is of the view that history cannot be ignored and has lessons for today.