I, Terra, Thou, 1993

I, Terra, Thou, 1993

A diptych, a triptych and three single camera-less toned gelatin silver prints on fibre paper made on location. Unique objects. Various sizes. Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (1 piece). Enquire here.

The work arose out of an attempt at bypassing the nature-objectifying conventions of conventional landscape photography by reducing the emotional and kinetic distance between emulsion (the imaging material), artist (me) and ecosystem (the location). Such outdoor shadowgrams were the first attempts in the history of photography to directly image large scale cross sections of living ecosystems on location without a camera. In effect, the landscape became the camera. The artworks were made by attaching photographic paper to a portable upright support scaffold on location in the bush at night, weaving the paper through the vegetation, then exposing the plant-covered paper to a pulse of flash light. One piece, the triptych Allocasuarina verticillata made at Werribee Gorge, was created with the addition of light from a rising full moon.

 

 

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