My interest in photography lies in making people look, then think, then look again. State of the Environment is a piece of work which was inspired by a 2011 document of the same name, published by the Department of the Environment. This document gives an overview of the current environmental situation in Australia. The headlines (and detail within) make some confronting statements regarding Australia’s present environmental situation. Photographs inspired by the headings have been paired with headlines extracted from the report, and aim to engage the viewer to think about the impact of their own actions and the actions of our whole community in the environment on which we all depend to live. Hopefully by looking a little deeper into the photograph first, and their personal situation second, the viewer will consider their own relationship with the environment.
State of the Environment was during SALA (South Australian Living Artists Festival) in August 2015. This exhibition was selected as the winner of the 2015 Don Dunstan Foundation Art Prize. “The Don Dunstan Foundation Award for artists whose work explores any of The Don Dunstan Foundation themes including equity, the environment, homelessness, mental health and unemployment.” Hand-framed prints are available for sale from the Artist.
This work will be re-presented during SALA 2020 at the Joinery, jointly with the Conservation Council of South Australia.
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