Three years ago I decided to collect my films under the name “Omphalos”.
As a scientist I have generally found that through naming things we may feel that we can be (or hope to 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 (perhaps too much) that in naming things we reduce the experience of ‘being in the world’ to a single word or very brief term.
This book is not really about death. It is about life.
So here I am not going to reveal the reasons why I chose to collect my films under the name “Omphalos”.
Peter held in his mother's arms