Max Reeves

“My first exhibition at The Bethlem Gallery contained a work called ‘Threatening Skies’ consisting of 100 photographs of Crows taken around London. The title derived from one of Van Gogh’s last paintings ‘Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies’ of 1890, via an essay by Antonin Artaud. The work was an expression of my life-long struggle with Depression. Gradually the symbol of the Crow mutated for me and found itself into my wider project of photographing London. It became an important leitmotif symbolising the outcast and the marginalised. The autonomous imagination. It also lent a sort of mythical edge to my study as a liminal creature that is always there but somehow not.”