Fault Line VI
I’m pleased to announce that Circuit Gallery at the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in Toronto will be exhibiting images from my Fault Line series. The exhibition will open on November 26th and continue until December 19th 2015. Also exhibiting will be Canadian photographer Eamon Mac Mahon and Christopher Bennett from the US, both also represented by Circuit Gallery. More details to follow.
Fault Line XIV (detail)
Just a quick note to say that I’ll be a panellist at this years Royal Geographical Society’s ‘Explore: expeditions and fieldwork planning 2015′ conference. The theme this year is ‘powerful places, quietly told’ and the workshop will be part of the ‘Communicating your Discoveries’ sessions.
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK
13-15 November 2015.
Orion Magazine is one of the oldest and most respected environmental and cultural magazines in the US and their May/June issue which is out today features my ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ project. The images are beautifully laid out over five pages in a great looking edition ( I would say that..) which also includes, for those of you into the language of landscape, an extract from Robert Macfarlane’s new book, Landmarks.
Every image in the ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ project has an exposure time of six seconds. This idea came from a quote I read that every six seconds fifteen acres of the planet is deforested. The full project statement continues:-
To the Chinese, bamboo holds iconic status, representing the harmony between nature and man – and symbolising civilisation. In myths, literature, calligraphy and painting bamboo’s characteristics embody the finest human virtues – integrity, humility and purity. Comparing a person to bamboo is considered the highest possible praise of their character.
Touted as a miracle crop to counter deforestation, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. Growing up to four feet a day, one hectare of bamboo sequesters sixty-two tons of carbon dioxide per year. Generating up to 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees it can be used to produce everything from food, fabrics, paper, building material and oil.
However rising demand from the west has brought new environmental concerns for bamboo forests. Increased use of unregulated pesticides for production plus the strong chemical solvents required to process the bamboo have poisoned watercourses and threaten precious animal habitat. Indiscriminate harvesting has resulted in half the world’s species of bamboo now being in imminent danger of extinction.
Civilisation exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice. – Will Durant.
On the wall is a bathymetric map – a map of the topography of a section of the Pacific Ocean floor 2,500 miles east of Australia. Intricate, black wrinkles spread across the map denoting the contours and pressure ridges of the ocean landscape. At a depth of 11 miles those contours coalesce to form a thick, dark crease across the map. At this spot the Pacific tectonic plate dives below the Australian plate at an average of 10 inches per year – by far the fastest plate movement on the planet.
In 2009, in a massive fault rupture, the plates moved 22 feet relative to each other for a distance of 155 miles. The resulting wave was 55 feet high when it hit the nearest coastline – the island of Samoa, 100 miles to the north. It killed 189 people, destroyed 20 villages and left 3000 homeless.
Detail from above image
Visiting Samoa in 2014, I’m struck by the swathes of vegetation that rise, several storeys high, from the roadsides. Comprising one single species – Merremia Peltata – this fast-growing climbing vine with broad, waxy leaves has smothered and killed more than 60% of Samoa’s native forest. The contours of the carpet of vines recalls the contours of the ocean floor map. An inundation of vegetation. A palpable echo of the tsunami.
My project ‘The Sixth Extinction’ is featured this week in the ‘Another Place’ contemporary photography magazine on tumblr – here. The project concerns ecosystem transition and is loosely based around the investigations of a group of scientists into a 200 million year old mystery – a mass extinction event which wiped out around 80% of all life on earth.
Check out my new instagram feed which’ll show my hipstamatic imagery – instagram.com/jonwyattphoto
As a Phase One ‘ambassador’ and long time user of Phase One products including Capture One software, I’m pleased to be able to pass on a discount to anyone who wants to buy Capture One 8 Pro software. Just drop me an email and I’ll send you a discount code which entitles you to a further 10% discount on the advertised price available on the Phase One website. Most of the work on this website has been processed from RAW using Capture One Pro software. The discount code applies to both the full product or upgrades from existing versions.
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Tim Parkin at OnLandscape.co.uk interviewed me recently – the resulting article can be seen here. On Landscape is a UK based bi-weekly magazine dedicated to landscape photography.
The Huangshan Ltd project has been featured on the Lenscratch blog here.
I’ve recently returned from the Photolucida review event in Portland, Oregon where I met with several (mainly west coast) gallerists and curators. More on the outcomes of those meetings in future posts! Meantime I’m happy to announce that I’ve been selected (for the second year running) as one of the winners of the Magenta Foundation’s 2013 Flash Forward Competition for emerging photographers.
My ‘Avalanche UK’ project was selected by Sara Knelman (Talks Programmer, Photographers Gallery) and Rebecca McClelland (Group Photography Editor and Creative Director of the Ian Parry Scholarship).
The work will be published in the Magenta Foundation catalogue and feature in Flash Forward Festival events in Toronto, before touring to various venues.
Two images from my ‘Naked’ (2009) series are being released as limited editions prints by Canadian online gallery Eye Buy Art (www.eyebuyart.com). Editions are available in several different sizes from 14 x 11 inches to 40 x 30 inches. The images available are ‘Ste-Foy-Tarentaise, France 2009′ and ‘Glacier d’Argentiere, Chamonix, France. 2009′. Eye Buy Art aim to encourage the collection of limited edition art by offering affordably priced editions.
This image from my ‘Avalanche UK’ series has been selected for the AMPS Salon at the Photofusion Gallery in London. The triptych is intended to be printed at 3 metres total width but due to lack of gallery wallspace I will be showing a half-size version. The private view is on 6th December at 6.30pm with the exhibition continuing until 18th January.
The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2012 exhibition is opening shortly at the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre in Toronto, Canada. The private view is on the 14th November at 7pm with the exhibition continuing until 20th November. I’m showing the image below from the Huangshan Ltd series.