Elemental Obsolescence 2018, Pigment print on archival photo paper 120 x 80 cm

Background image: Dissipation, 2017 (detail) by Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

Dissipation - Livingston Island Glacier 2018, Digital image dye-sublimation on synthetic voile 110 x 200 cm x 5 (Image courtesy of Louise Gan)
Livingston I Presume I, II, III 2017, 110 x 200cm 
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Livingston I Presume IV to IX 2017, 36 x 26 cm

Livingston I Presume, 2017

Photographic Images Livingston Island - Antarctica

This series of photographs explores the question of the colonialist idea of exploration.  These images, taken of the Glacier at Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands Antarctica show the glacier through the view of the single lens of a pair of binoculars. So in essence a telescope, historically the vision of how all explorers see the visual beauty of a new discovery, before, climbing over all it so as, to then place a flag of ownership upon it.


These images work to create a dialogue that surrounds human interaction in our protected areas

Does the explorer/tourists need to stand beside the beauty in question and by doing so does this outweigh our duty to protect such pristine places?

Why is this the way we explore the sublime?


The title of these photographs reflect the colonialist explorer, however I question whether just because we can exploit the inaccessible areas of our planet does this mean we should?

Should these images be the way we see remote places such as this… at arm’s length never putting our foot on terra-firma?


NB: Each image is in its original space in the visual plane and has not been altered, the variation of placement is a reflection of the movement of the ship from which they were taken.