By Nicholas Hooper

Underneath the black plastic sheet lies dark muddy earth. Lift the sheet, slide it off and there, blinking in the sunlight are thousands of tiny creatures whose worlds are so much smaller than ours. They like the dark, so unnoticed by our large-focusing eyes, they burrow swiftly below the surface. So far underground, it seems to them, but to us it is a centimetre or so. One or two giants amongst them, scuttle away: two woodlice trundle in opposite directions – dinosaurs in our short modern times. A millepede wriggles and winds away – a scary, fiddly monster, and suddenly… there’s nothing there to see… or so we think…



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper