Side Effects

03.10.2012

Photography project documenting man's natural environment.

I like to fly over places I know well. That's when I can clearly see changes that constitute my very favourite subject: is what I'm seeing nature settled by man, or is it perhaps an environment created by us to resemble nature. Has the forest that I am looking at always been here or have the trees been planted by man and are not much different from a potato plantation. I follow leads, I watch and I take photos.

I am interested in what is the line of contact between nature and civilisation. It is full of tension and ever-shifting and it gives a good picture of peoples' behaviour towards their surroundings, the side effects of our existence. I do not like to name my photographs, to explain what they represent. I want the viewer to feel what I feel when I am airborne – when I am sometimes myself uncertain of what it is I am looking at. The form itself is often delightful – no metter what the content is. And back on the ground I am yet again faced with the question: why what I am looking at brings forth all these emotions in me?

Scene one:
nature. Obvious subject. But are these idyllic patterns and symmetries work of nature or has man interfered?

Scene two:
Delicate drawings sketched with a plough and human feet, forest clearings and Sunday promenades – here the boundary between nature and man's presence becomes clearer and relatively harmonious.

Scene three:

Reticulated, partitioned, organized landscape. Railways, roads and quarries. The never-ending arduous work of dump trucks delivering sand for another highway construction, the levelling of the surface. Sport, entertainment, recreation. From high up I can see the beauty, but I feel anxiety.

Epilogue:
Colour, texture and mystery. Abstracted detail. This beauty hides the truth about the cost of civilisation and nature's response to man's actions.