English photographer Spencer Murphy currently lives and works in London. Spencer works as a commercial photographer, while pursuing his personal artistic practice.
He has worked for many international magazines including The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Monocle and Wallpaper, just to name a few. Born in Kent, England, and growing up in the isolated Kentish countryside, the artist started to show an interest in photography from a young age. Here we Present his project, The Abyss Gazes Into You. The photographs evoke a specific atmosphere captured by Spencer Murphy. “In my years as a photographer I’ve taken certain pictures in which I’ve recognized a reflection of something inside myself – a feeling of both being trapped and floating endlessly in time and space, a mixture of hope and despair, desolation and beauty. The sense, perhaps, of what it is to live a finite life in an infinite universe,” the artist shared his thoughts.
Eventually Spencer became a successful photographer, yet never quite let go of his need to capture this delicately abstract feeling. Gazing through photographs captured throughout the years, he would find these particular sentiments emerging from them. While the pictures may not be closely related to each other as single images, the body of work creates a close connection once viewed together.
The series consist of astounding photographs, which require the viewer to stop and stare, examine and deeply experience the meeting point of the human and the universe. The careful selection of these pictures show a real essence of what lies within the creator, the hidden slice of the artist’s soul coded into every single photograph. As Spencer described, in homage to Friedrich Nietzsche, “I have found myself staring once more into the abyss, and the abyss has momentarily returned my gaze.”