The Dark Tower

Photographeralfonso batalla
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

as for statement bellow


I created this series after reading Stephen King´s Dark Tower books. It´s remarkable that King quotes Browing´s Poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came." who claimed to wrote it after a dream but, in fact, there is a slimilar line in King Lear. "Roland" must be a magic name, being the main character of an old anonimous poem. So I thought there must be a meaning for him and for the tower he tries to reach. A few quotes Anon. The song of Roldan (circa 1100) "Count Roland’s mouth is bleeding and he has burst the temple of his forehead; he sounds his horn with pain and difficulty." William Shakespeare, "King Lear" (1605). Act 3, scene 4 " Child Rowland to the dark tower came, His word was still 'Fie, foh, and fum I smell the blood of a British man." Robert Browning. Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came (1855): "What in the midst lay but the Tower itself? The round squat turret, blind as the fool's heart Built of brown stone, without a counterpart In the whole world. The tempest's mocking elf Points to the shipman thus the unseen shelf He strikes on, only when the timbers start." Stephen King. The Gunslinger / Dark Tower (1982): "May you find your Tower, Roland, and breach it, and may you climb to the top!" Quite a few years between first poem and last sentence... Roland is a hero, he represents mankind in his fight with fate, may it be random or due to determinism. And The Tower is the place and time where everything starts, ends and re starts ever and ever again. So I entered the tower, in fact many towers, to set up the landscape where the Path of the Beam should end. This must be the place where the true meaning of the "Being" is shown, where Being Itself shines over the mundane and usual "Being Around" as in the Philosophy of Existencialism. The tower may take different shapes, even different architecture but its nature of an empty structure pointed to the sky makes a goal, the one and only goal, for the man with a brave and clean heart. One of those. As in the anonimous poem, "Count Roland never loved a coward, nor a proud man, nor an ill-conditioned man—nor even a knight if he were not courageous." From a photographic point of view these places are absolutely abstract, they have no link to a time or place. They look out of this world. They seem to hold both the mistery and the clue to solve all puzzles and I invite you all to come in, find out the true nature of youserld and the world around you or, at least, set up your own story. Finaly, as Roland The Gunslinger, would say: "Long days and pleasant nights."

About Photographer

born madrid 1958. bilbao from 1986 solo exhibits in Madrid (UBS, Galeria IB) and Bilbao (Galeria Vanguardia) current galleries: Galeria Ib (Madrid), Galeria Vanguardia (Bilbao), Galeria Hartman (Barcelona) several times in MadridFoto, ARCO (international art fairs in Madrid)