represents a continuing fascination with fi ctional environments. Inspired by «The
Immortal» by author Jorges Luis Borges, his short story spans much of the great
geography of the Mediterranean Basin. The story begins in Thebes, Greece and
crosses the Mediterranean to Egypt then fi nally to East Africa, where within the
«empty» desert land masses of this continent is a hidden city of considerable
imaginary detail. Inherent in Borges’ writing is a cartographic imagination, always
attempting to cross cultural boundaries and domains from the arid reality of
this geography. In Borges’ gripping tale; the photographs refer to a vast fi ctional
topography that exists within the walls of a mythological Roman city’ where a lone
fi gure traverses its magnifi cent, eternal architecture in search of immortality.
Referencing the Iliad and Odyssey by Greek poet Homer; Borges’ short story
remaps and incorporates these earliest works of European literature, calling forth
the theme of cultural and historical exchange within a Mediterranean literary
context. The timeless environment of the City of the Immortals is conveyed
photographically through the formal classicism of architectural designs that span
many centuries – symbols of these great Mediterranean civilizations.