Untitled worlds

Fine art photography. Radical Landscapes exhibition, The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, 2019.

Subverting the conventions of satellite images of planet Earth, this experimental photography steers the human gaze towards the stories inscribed in the growth patterns of tiny plants. Mosses, lichens, and algae are biological indicators. That is, they tell stories about environmental conditions and the impacts of pollution.

Untitled worlds draws attention to the ways in which sporing plants make their own worlds on and in between human structures. In this case, a concrete wall is a substrate. The work questions a human-centered and top-down idea of ‘the World’. Perhaps there are multiple worlds and multiple stories being told in non-human languages.

Some of the project outcomes made it to a gallery setting, others fed into further artistic research. The final photograph (above) shows a tour of Radical Landscapes exhibition at The Plough Arts Centre given by curator Camilla Nelson (credit: Camilla Nelson, 2019).