Derrick Santini


Image 5 Title Seven for a Secret
Series Title The Magpie’s Rhyme

Image 6 Title Love’s Dream
Series Title Leda and the Swan

Image 7 Title Wild is a Wind
Series Title Leda and the Swan


An Eye for an Ear – Submission Statement

‘Rhyme or Reason’

The 8 images submitted are taken from my latest series of Lenticular artworks.

These series have their roots in mythology, fantasy and good old folklore, and are a culmination of long harbored ideas based around people, birds and the metaphysical world that binds these creatures and characters – in lore and in reality, especially in the place where they intersect and crossover. For many years I wanted to bring the Magpie’s Rhyme to life, but as photography or film it never happened. The lenticular process became the catalyst for eventually realising it. For the Leda and the Swan pieces, it was a similar story – initially envisaged as a series of photographs, but with a need to take it somewhere else from the numerous depictions in paintings and the like, creating photographic lenticulars to tell the stories bought these ancient notions to interactive life.

The Magpie rhyme’s – “One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold and Seven for a secret never to be told” – are depicted as a series of lenticular portraits, a ‘rouges gallery’ of sorts. All of these characters have a beguiling and binding quality, culminating in the ‘Secret’ – which is that they are all magpie-people and gather once in special while for a tea dance…

The Leda and the Swan series needs no other introduction; only in the retelling of this dark and mythical story in a contemporary way through the lenticular process.

The in-between, the changeling, a ‘world within a world’… these are the constant themes that motivate and propel my work. The lenticular process encapsulates these elements and virtues beautifully; the medium is the message as much as the content of these works.

Lenticulars also have an imbued relevance at this incredible juncture of the human condition; like us, they are caught between these two worlds, two realities. We are all looking into the mirror whilst staring into the void, just like the lines that split the lenticular lens into opposing realities, or fused dreams. What appears as something is suddenly something else; cause and effect, the matrix, modernity portrayed through this ancient (and I would say undervalued) technique.



Born: 1965. Scarborough, England


BTEC in Photography, Harrogate College
BA Hons in Photography and Communication, LCC


Metamorphosis, solo exhibition at Scream; London, UK
London Art Fair; London, UK

Keszler Gallery, Madison Avenue; New York, US
Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (SODA Gallery); Istanbul, TR
Moniker International Art Fair; London, UK
Scream Now, group exhibition, Scream; London, UK
I Want To Fuck You/I Love You, solo exhibition, Doyle Devere; London, UK
Collection Part II, group exhibition, Scream; London, UK

I Want To Fuck You, solo exhibition, Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery; London, UK
A Celebration of Style: Cool London Through The Photographer’s Lens, group show, Mark Powell; London, UK

Soul i-D, group exhibition, Christie’s; London, UK
Soul i-D, group exhibition, Christie’s; New York, NY

Eye on the Natives ‘Red Stream’ live photo-stream from Beijing to BBlessing; New York, NY

4 photographic portraits obtained by the National Portrait Gallery; London, UK

Persona, solo exhibition, Kingsland Road Gallery; London, UK
Persona, solo exhibition, Rendez-Vous Salon; Paris, FR
Persona, solo exhibition, Lot 61; New York, US
Persona, solo exhibition, Soho Grand Gallery; New York, NY
Persona, solo exhibition, Microzine; Liverpool, UK

‘Persona’, published by Dazed Books – 2004

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