Actions of Consequence is short-listed for the Anamorphosis Prize 2015
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Actions of Consequence
l 179° 56′ 39.4″ b +0° 2′ 46.2″
25,900 ± 1,400 ly
4.54 ± 0.05 1 × 109 + 200
The book Actions of Consequence is a fictional photographic construct of an unearthly world. Stripped of the carpet of life, the planet I have created, is composed of strange geological landscapes that suggest a catastrophic past. My black and white photographs contain a visual play between the real and the imagined, and incorporate a variety of imaging strategies such as; panoramas, stitched photographs, and aerial imagery. Some photographs are appropriated scientific imagery, without their original purpose and context identified. Other photographs play with the viewers sense of scale, place, and time. Shot from multiple view points and perspectives, these photographs always aim to create an experience of exploration and examination. At once deeply personal and dystopic, my work imagines the future earth as a scarred, damaged and fragile landscape - a landscape that mirrors both my concerns about my own past and the planet’s uncertain future.
Actions of Consequence was inspired by my father, a writer and staunch environmentalist, the author of a science fiction natural history novel in which nearly all humans lived on other planets, letting Earth turn into a wildlife reserve, his words provided the seed for Actions of Consequence. His idea of Earth without humans is Utopia. However, I found my imagined Earth without humans to be quite different. My way of expressing these concerns is to photograph and create landscapes that are void of life.