Personal Works

Direct publications of my own work



Daniel Yates

Arcanum serves as a photographic exploration of its namesake, a journey into the other through the vision of another. In a world shaped by textual forms, Arcanum aims to delineate expectations and to open a window into a more fluid and dynamic world where interpretation is truly left to the beholder.

“Everything from colour, form, concept, and action must be allowed to unfold, to manifest in the way it wants to present itself to you. Exposure to the multitude of occult streams that have revealed themselves can make this act more difficult as these influences promote specific ideas, images, colours, and forms that apply to the work they do, much like language”. - Daniel Yates

This work aims to challenge the accepted norms of how the occult is perceived and rendered in image. By passing light through the forge of the lens, Daniel Yates teases out from the shadows a world that lies hidden in plain sight, exposing concepts that are often elusive and intangible, yet ever present. Each image in this work is a window into a much deeper stratum of awareness and understanding; the contemplation of the image over time will reveal to the onlooker an arcanum that is purely their own.

Through such contemplation the images observed become transformed, and whilst each viewing yields new insight, others remain yet hidden – so it is that the living image remains forever familiar yet unfamiliar, known but unknown, worldly yet ‘other’. - Martin Duffy

Hardback Specifications

6 x 9 inches. 210 pages. Hardbound 90pts, Lustrous Buckram Bookcloth (Light Champagne colour) covers. Silver foil blocking on rounded spine and on the cover. Full Colour interior (illustrations and photography), with Antique Marble (Lazuli) Endpapers. Fine typography, printed on EuroArt 200M (thick) archive-quality paper. Individually hand-numbered.

Paperback Specifications

6 x 9 inches. 200 pages. German Binding. Gloss (Scuff Free) finish, and Silver Foil Stamp on cover, spine, and backcover. Full Colour interior (illustrations and photography). Fine typography, printed on EuroArt 200M (thick) archive-quality paper.

Hardback edition available for pre-order now with paperbacks available on release day in mid-September.

Featured Works

Publications that feature some of my work

Fiddlers Green Volume 7

Article to be published

Information forthcoming


(2019) - Pillars: Circling the Compass

Work includes several images throughout the journal

These so-called ‘Mystery Traditions’ are possibly the underlying basis and foundational reality behind most contemporary esoteric structure, and yet they are either purposely or casually shunned and dismissed by many practitioners and adepts. By “Circling the Compass,” is the Seeker indeed participating (or somehow resuscitating) in the Traditions of old, or are these disciplines truly lost under the sands of Time? This is a very large subject indeed, and it is precisely why PILLARS would be the perfect arena to explore such a complex ‘Mystery.’


(2018) - Wyrd Journal Volume 3

Work includes front cover image with additional internal photography.

WYRD is a journal of the archaic esoteric, published bi-annually at the equinoxes by Three Hands Press. As a peer-reviewed occult journal, it expresses both scholarly and heuristic viewpoints and is available by private subscription for contemporary esoteric readership. Its concerns include sorcery, folk magic, witchcraft, myth, folklore, paganism, and ancient mystery religions.


(Forthcoming) - Witch-Ikon: Witchcraft in Art and Artefact

Photographic work included

The figure of the Witch has haunted the margins of religion and spirituality for thousands of years, as a figure of transgressive spiritual power, outlaw magic, and alluring sexuality. Equally pervasive is her presence in art, from ancient depictions in the near east, through the European Middle Ages, down to her present representations in occult subculture. WITCH-IKON gathers a vast selection of images of witches and their diabolical magic, emphasizing the range of artistic depictions that have helped coalesce this most powerful of modern supernatural icons.


(Forthcoming) - Ritual Space and the Crooked Path Beyond

Work includes extensive photographic contributions

All ritual actions are undertaken in a specified space, one which is defined by its general separation from the everyday. In this forthcoming book Peter Hamilton-Giles looks at the ways in which the practitioner colonises space so as to distinguish its presence from the norm.


(2017) - Naturae Mysteriis

Daniel Yates

Naturae Mysteriis, or Natures Mysteries, is a single volume commission made to preserve and keep a variety of private texts that I own in one singular volume. The book includes a number of my own works alongside others that were to never see publication.


(2013) - Deosil Dance 56 - Beltane Issue

Cover photography

Deosil Dance was a publication aimed at the neo-pagan community of the time.


(2013) - Deosil Dance 55 - Imbolc Issue

Cover Photography

Deosil Dance was a publication aimed at the neo-pagan community of the time.