The Ghosts are silkscreens that refer to the great beasts that used to roam where Johannesburg lies today; they are a reflection on the land’s past. The idea of peeling back layers of history is emphasized by Delaney’s shifting, hazy images that appear like mirages.
The photographs are taken by the artist on the streets of the city when they’re quiet and almost deserted. The drawings of the animals are made with charcoal and then silkscreened over the photograph of the street (which is in turn screened over a flat screen background, making these mostly 3-screen prints).
The editions are numbered as VE, which stands for Varied Edition, as each is slightly different because the artist has varied the ink tones for each print. The editions are in varying edition numbers, but they are small editions of no more than 8.