In 2022, while working on the Escapes series I began to experiment with text. The introduction of text to my work was a fresh tangent to explore, and the same principle of investigation applied to the Escapes work: play with light and long exposures in a straightforward fashion (no post production digital overlapping, collaging or trickery through Photoshop or AI processes). The images were created using 6 to 20-second exposures along with backlit text panels, theatrical colour gels and choreographed movement from hinged supports or simple zoom during long exposure. A critical take on the American Declaration of Independence, a sharp warning breaking up a peaceful moment in the garden, daydreaming of beauty. These few images were the precursors to the Stage Work series.