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According to physicist Jack Scudder, portals do exist. “They’re places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun, creating an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away.” However, portals are difficult to find. Scudder: “Magnetic portals are invisible, unstable, and elusive. They open and close without warning and there are no signposts to guide us in.” Conversely, Stephen Hawking viewed black holes as being portals where, in his view, you’d be unlikely to be able to travel back again, thus making this form of photographing portals an improbable option.

Literary portals & near death experiences

Less out of this world is the literary use of doors as portals, such as The Wizard of Oz and C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where a wardrobe has no back and opens out onto Narnia, a completely different and magical world. Another example involves near death experiences such as a sense of well-being, traveling towards a bright light and encountering deceased loved ones.

Photographing portals and entrances to the uncanny

Over the last year I have been photographing portals as terrestrial entrances to the uncanny that are out of touch and out of time. The example above is an abandoned house that holds its secrets close and where its contents, if any, are now hopelessly irrelevant and dated. These are places that make you shudder, that evoke a feeling of time travel and from where, deep down, you know you may never find your way back home again.