LOTS OF MONSTERS
Lea Vinter Sonne, Inge van Rijswijk | UK 2016 |16 Min. | OmeU
Water has always played a significant role in folklore. In ancient times legends and myths taught people of the dangers of rivers, lakes and oceans. Tales of waters inhabiting spirits, forces and monsters have survived through oral tradition, informing generations on end what to think of and how to behave around those waters. Folklore connects present-day generations to the wisdom of their ancestors, and gives insights in how the environment was regarded by them. Scottish lochs even nowadays form a prominent feature in the scenery, and have done more so in earlier times when men were living more closely connected to nature and when beliefs were solely based upon the natural phenomena witnessed. We may have technologies nowadays with which thorough scientific investigations can be done and myths can be unravelled. But the Loch Ness monster still stirs a lot of people's emotions and attention. Lots of Monsters is a quest for (the myth) of the monster. The reality of the Loch Ness monster may be questionable, but the reality of the controversy about it is not. We may or may not have found or seen the monster ourselves, but we did hear many stories and explanations. In a way we have seen Nessie through the eyes of the people we met.
Lea is a Photography and Film-making graduate from Fatamorgana - The Danish School of Art Photography. She holds a master's degree in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK, and a BA in Aesthetics, Culture and Anthropology from Aarhus University, DK.
Inge finished a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, for which she studied one semester in Mexico and conducted fieldwork in Ghana. She then went on to study Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, where she met Lea and collaboration began.