In the modern age, the innate affiliation humans supposedly have with the natural world is becoming less and less apparent. More people now live in urban areas rather than rural in industrialised countries, and ironically are more aware about environmental issues and problems in other parts of the world, such as coral reefs and tropical rainforests, than what they recognise of the nature around them locally in their everyday lives. This detachment from nature is problematic not only as it aggravates apathy towards environmental issues, but also signifies the depreciation of an invaluable human need.
Taken at night-time, the images of this series facilitate a different viewing of a seemingly generic natural setting. By capturing the general atmosphere of locations instead of every detail, the images invite the viewer into a quiet reflection to consider an alternative appreciation for nature that transcends that of sheer aesthetic pleasure, instead alluding to a more introspective experience within: as open images, the interpretation relies heavily on the individual’s own experiences and feelings. The colours in the images achieved through a long exposure, as well as the scattered artificial light amongst ambient light give the images a haunting, eerie quality; inferring to the perverse way in which we are becoming distanced from the natural world.
When considering the evolution of the human species over the course of 200,000 years took place across a range of climates and environments, the perception of nature as being a foreign and surreal space instead of something immediately familiar seems ludicrous.