Barry W Hughes | Steer Against Motions
Posted on September 14, 2012 by Julia Schiller
‘Steer Against Motions‘
Long before telescopes we witnessed the movement of celestial bodies, which Ovid and others recorded in ancient mythologies. Figuratively and literally, the meteors that fell to Earth gave us a better understanding of our place in the universe. For centuries now we have used lens based technology to view outwards, into the cosmos, so it is with irony that we now use that same technology to look down on ourselves from where we once imagined gods to do so.
These are images taken from inside the nucleus of ancient meteor impact craters located around the world. Using satellite technology, we can find these places where the meteors fell, and we can use it to look back up into the sky.
Barry W Hughes works with the photographic image. He has exhibited widely, at home in Ireland, and internationally. Hughes chooses everyday objects and situations to explore ideas such as incidence, coincidence and accident, motivated by a desire to understand the tension between the intentional and unintentional gesture.
Barry will be part of post SCRIPT – an exhibition curated by Peggy Sue Amison.
post SCRIPT takes place whithin the framework of THERE THERE – a photographic event in Cork City, curated by Stag & Deer and launching on October 18th 2012 at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland.
Barry is the founding editor/publisher of the online photography magazine SMBHmag.
Established in 2009, SuperMassiveBlackHole is dedicated to contemporary photography and the photographic imagery resulting from the time-based processes found in many interdisciplinary art practices today. It is available to download for free as a PDF.
Time, Space, Light & Gravity are what drive SuperMassiveBlackHole.
For Issue 12, themed ‘Here I Am‘, SMBHmag is currently looking for your interpretation of the ‘self-portrait’. Deadline for entries is October 1st, 2012.
For the complete series of ‘Steer Against Motions’ and more of Barry’s work please visit