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My guest in this anniversary episode is photographer, author, stonecrafter, theologian, witch and devoted family man Daniel Yates (www.photophrenic.com) and we will be talking about existentialism, occultism and art, occult photography in particular, and how those tie in together.
Daniel has been dedicating himself for more than 20 years to grassroot research into witchcraft practices in northern England. Having graduated at Liverpool Hope University in theology and religious studies his current postgraduate research focuses on seasonal effects on religious practices in pre-Roman Lancashire.
Daniel’s photographic artwork for which he has received a variety of commendations and awards reflects major parts of his research. In June 2011 his art featured in two exhibitions in Liverpool and Manchester and a solo exhibition is scheduled for 2021.
Daniel published his first book ‘Arcanum’ in October 2019 at Anathema Publishing (https://www.anathemapublishing.com/arcanum), the second one, ‘Poetica’, followed in August 2020 (https://www.photophrenic.com/books/poetica-pocket-edition).
Besides having published a large collection of articles and images (please find an extensive list below), Daniel is currently co-working with Peter and Carolyn Hamilton-Giles on a new title ‘Ritual Space and the Crooked Path Beyond’ to be published at Atramentous Press (https://www.atramentouspress.com/forthcoming) and also collaborating on a creative project that will present paintings by artist Shandi Azk Bouscatier on Daniel’s images.
Here are three photographs, at once samples for Daniel’s work, but also as a reference, as we talk about those photographs during the interview.
The Triune Aspects
Forge Mask of Tubalo-Lucifer
Music played in this episode
As a reminiscence to our early episodes (Seasons 1 and 2) at the occasion of the 4th Anniversary of this podcast, the first title played is our former into music, but in its full-length version
WENDY RULE – THINK OF THE DAY
The other two pieces of music are by the Greek Duo DAEMONIA NYMPHE, suggested by our guest Daniel Yates
PSYCHE’S CHOROS (Ghostly Waltz)
Daemonia Nymphe (Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou), is an ethereal world music ensemble, the first artists worldwide to compose and perform improvisations with reproductions of ancient Greek instruments manufactured by Nikolaos Brass.
(Track 1 starts at [5:43], Track 2 at [53:04], Track 3 at [1:29:15])