Traces of MANKIND - Traces of ALIENS

Traces of Aliens – Traces of Mankind brings together two separate bodies of work, photographed nearly a decade apart. Traces of Aliens images were made in 2008 whilst on a workshop at the world-famous Great Ocean Road in South Eastern Victoria. I co-tutored this workshop for around five years with renowned Australian landscape photographer the late Richard White. Over four days we would take the group to photograph the natural beauty that abounds around the small hamlet of Port Campbell – seascapes, landscapes, forests, waterfalls, etc. etc. were the fodder for our students. While visiting a rocky foreshore not far from our workshop hub I turned my camera to the myriad macro landscapes along a stretch of rocky shoreline. I was most interested in circular indentations in the rocks, which I imagined could have been made by extraterrestrial visitors.   Traces of Mankind images were made at the Pingyao International Photo Festival in China in 2016 and 2017. One of the major festival venues is the former Cotton Mill, now turned over as a space housing hundreds of photographic exhibitions. There are a few areas in the Cotton Mill that have floors that have accumulated a substantial covering of fine dust, in places some centimetres thick. I was taken by the footprints left by the many visitors who came to view the exhibitions and I made many photographs of these random patterns.    Both bodies of work have sat in their respective folders in my archive, just waiting for me to resolve an interesting way to expose them to a broader audience. For Traces of Aliens – Traces of Mankind I have chosen the diptych format to present the work as it helps to unify two separate bodies of images which on one level have a symbiosis, and on another level contradict each other.

all prints for sale, made on 100% cotton rag with archival pigment inks.

All images , paper size 43cm x 33cm [17"x213"] edition of 3 + 2 AP AUD$650

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