Untitled worlds

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

This practice of manipulating close-up photographs of sporing plants is an attempt to steer the human gaze towards a more contemplative regard for microcosmic communities, whose growth patterns can indicate environmental toxicology. Untitled Worlds suggests a modality for feeling across phylogenetic branches in order to reconstitute a more connected account of the environment. With metaphysical origins in Heidegger, the processual ontology of ‘worlding’ or ‘world-making’ juxtaposes with a fixed idea of ‘the world’, as a top-down, anthropocentric objectification of all earthly things (see Palmer & Hunter, 2018).

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