The age of loneliness, 2018
A series of inkjet print enlargements of camera-less plein air silver gelatin film photograms recording the shadows of live native invertebrates cast by moonlight and flash at night on the dry salt bed of Lake Tyrrell in the Victorian Mallee. Each print is produced in an edition of one + artists proof. Enquire here.
We are entering the geological epoch of the ‘Anthropocene’ – the age of humans – but our accompanying existential condition might more pertinently be called the ‘Eremozoic’ – the age of loneliness – a term biologist EO Wilson coined to characterize a world of unprecedented biodiversity collapse for which we, alone, are responsible. These digital reiterations of camera-less plein air silver gelatin film photograms record the shadows of live native invertebrates cast by moonlight and flash at night on the dry salt bed of Lake Tyrrell in the Victorian Mallee. Relict creatures of a decaying post-colonial landscape each image alludes to the centrality of relationality in everything we perceive – a perspective enhanced by the ability of photography and artificial optics (paradoxically) to reveal connections between the hitherto unseen, invisible or abject. Like a migratory moth’s dependence on polarized skylight. Or the intricate behavioural adaptations of ants. Awareness of relationships also brings into focus our failure to accept the nature and constraints of the biosphere. Stranded in a myopic hubris of anthropic self-interest, our collective trajectory appears to be towards the ever-deepening tragedy of the Sixth Extinction.