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‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ project featured in Orion Magazine

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

 

A bamboo forest in China from the project on deforestation and bamboo production called Bamboo (Six Seconds) by photographer Jon Wyatt

 

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.

A bamboo forest in China from the project on deforestation and bamboo production called Bamboo (Six Seconds) by photographer Jon Wyatt

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New work: ‘Fault Line’

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Climbing vines in Samoa, from the project Fault Line by photographer Jon Wyatt

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.

Climbing vines in Samoa, from the project Fault Line by photographer Jon Wyatt

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.

Climbing vines in Samoa, from the project Fault Line by photographer Jon Wyatt.

‘The Sixth Extinction’ project featured in ‘Another Place’ magazine

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Dunraven Bay, South Wales. The large 'imbricated' boulders scattered above the high tide mark are evidence of the UK's largest natural disaster. In 1607 a 25-foot high tsunami swept up the Bristol Channel killing 3000 people and flooding a 200 square mile wide area in North Somerset and South Wales

Dunraven Bay, South Wales. The large ‘imbricated’ boulders scattered above the high tide mark are evidence of the UK’s largest natural disaster. In 1607 a 25-foot high tsunami swept up the Bristol Channel killing 3000 people and flooding a 200 square mile wide area in North Somerset and South Wales

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.

‘Luminance’ Private View Invitation – 2nd November 2011

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Untiltled III, from the series 'Sound of Jura' (2010)

Please join us for the private view of ‘Luminance’ at 10GS, Mayfair on Wednesday 2nd November from 6 – 8.30pm

An exhibition of photographs by Judith Lyons, Wendy Pye & Jon Wyatt

Drinks and canapes will be served.
RVSP please.  mail@jonwyatt.co.uk

Jon Wyatt

An award-winning landscape photographer, Jon’s work has been published and exhibited in the UK and Europe, and is represented by the Diemar/Noble Gallery in London.

“Our continued disconnection from the physical landscape provides the framework for all my work.  Various techniques are utilised to recreate this detachment through the imagery, exploring the dynamics and ethics of land ownership, preservation and visual wonder. And how, ironically, our lack of connection may be the last best hope for the preservation of ecosystems.”

Luminance features work from the series ‘Sound of Jura’ (2010). This is the name given to the straits separating the Isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides from the Scottish mainland. The Gaelic name is ‘An Linne Rosach’ meaning the ‘Sound of Disappointment’.

www.jonwyatt.co.uk

Judith Lyons

Judith Lyons is a photographic artist.  A graduate of both Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design and the London College of Communication, for the last four years Judith has worked predominantly with camera-less methods of photographic image production.  Her work has been exhibited in institutions and galleries both nationally and internationally and has been featured in books and journals.

“Using traditional analogue and contemporary digital photographic processes, Judith Lyons’ work demonstrates an engagement with the natural world and with the perpetual cycle of birth, growth, decay, death and rebirth”.

Luminance features work from two series, ‘A Different Nature’ (2009) and ‘Un/Natural Forms’ (2010).


www.judithlyons.co.uk


Wendy Pye

Wendy is a commercial photographer, photography lecturer and photographic artist. She graduated from The M.A in Photographic Arts at The London College of Communication, London in 2009. Wendy’s work over the last four years has been responding to the well-known natural beauty and suicide spot, Beachy Head on the South England coast. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in press and journals.

“A common strand running through my work is in an interest in exploring the cyclical nature of states of being, particularly those that bridge, or represents something on the cusp of change.”

Luminance features work from the series titled  ‘Luminance in Flux’ (2010), which uses light interventions to respond to the sentiment embedded in the landscape.

www.wendypye.co.uk


art@10gs

10 Grosvenor Street, London  W1K 4QB

Exhibition Until Dec 16:

Exhibition Opening Times: Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm

Weekend viewings by appointment

Transport:

4 minutes walk from Bond Street and Oxford Circus Tube

Buses: C2, 15, 159, 453, 3, 12, 88, 94, 6, 13, 23, 139, 7, 10, 73, 98, 390, 55

Newsletter – September 2011

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Untitled I, from the series Huangshan Ltd Untitled VII, from the series Huangshan Ltd

Untitled X, from the series Huangshan Ltd Untitled II, from the series Huangshan Ltd

From the series ‘Huangshan Ltd

  • The ‘Huangshan Ltd’ series is now available as limited edition digital bromide prints from the Diemar/Noble Gallery in London. Edition sizes are 45 x 36ins (ed. of 3) and 24 x 20ins (ed. of 7).
  • The ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds) series has been selected to be shown as part of the ‘Open Here’ exhibition at the Hereford Photography Festival throughout November. The exhibitions selection panel included Simon Bainbridge, editor of BJP and Melissa deWitt, editor of Hotshoe.
  • A print from the ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ series will be auctioned at an event at the Hotshoe Gallery in London on the 7th October. Organised by the Hereford Photography Festival, the prints will be on display at the gallery from 3rd October. Other contributors include Martin Parr and Simon Roberts.
  • Images from the ‘Sound of Jura’ series are currently being shown at 10GS in Mayfair, London as part of an exhibition entitled ‘Luminance’. The private view is on the 2nd November and also features work by Wendy Pye and Judith Lyons.

Untitled III, from the series Sound of Jura Untitled V, from the series Sound of Jura

Untitled VI, from the series Sound of Jura Untitled IV, from the series Sound of Jura

From the series ‘Sound of Jura’

  • Jon Wyatt Photography has a new facebook page for all the latest news on images, exhibitions and photographic wanderings. Check out www.facebook.com/jonwyattphotography and hit that ‘like’ button.
  • Jonwyatt.co.uk is now fully available on all mobile devices, the new versions being Ipad and smartphone compatible.
  • Printed versions of my two recent Chinese series – ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ and ‘Huangshan Ltd’ – are now available as self-published 11 x 8 inch booklets from Magcloud.
  • On a more commercial angle I have been selected (for the second year running) for Luerzer’s Archive’s ‘200 Best Advertising Photographers 2011/2012′. The publication will feature several pages of my work.
  • Elsewhere over the last few months work has been featured on Harry Hardie’s ‘Here’ blog; alongside an interview on E-photoreview; as editors picks on the Behance Network and Adweek’s talent gallery; Shots Magazine; shown in the exhibition ‘Transience’ at Galerie Huit as part of Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival; and as part of the Association of Photographers Gallery ‘Collectives’ Print Sales.

Untitled I, from the series Bamboo (Six Seconds) Untitled II, from the series Bamboo (Six Seconds)

Untitled III, from the series Bamboo (Six Seconds) Untitled IV, from the series Bamboo (Six Seconds)

From the series ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)

Showing work at the Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival 2011

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Galerie Huit, Arles

Looking forward to the Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival in early July. I’ll be showing three prints there as part of the Galerie Huit Open Salon show – two from the series Bamboo (Six Seconds) and one from the series Huangshan Ltd. Though that’s really a lame excuse for spending a week in the beautiful old town of Arles in the south of France, smothered in all things visual.

A highlight should be French graffiti artist/photographer JR’s closing night presentation. If you haven’t seen his inspiring 2011 TED Award prize speech then you really should – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAy1zBtTbw – on the subject of changing the world using art by, unlikely as it sounds, flyposting massive scale images.

Bamboo (Six Seconds) featured on hereontheweb.co.uk blog

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Untitled III from the series 'Bamboo (Six Seconds)'

Hereontheweb.co.uk is the new(ish) blog from photo editor, writer and curator Harry Hardie. Until recently Exhibitions Director at Host Gallery/Foto8 in London, Harry is now director of ‘Here’, a company that publishes, exhibits, teaches and supports photography. He is featuring the ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ project here.

Bamboo (Six Seconds) – a new series

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Untitled I, from the series Bamboo (Six Seconds)

Every six seconds fifteen acres of the planet are deforested. That’s 60,000 sqm, or six hectares, or nine football pitches. Every six seconds….the time it’s taken you to read these words. Shot in a bamboo forest in Anhui Province, China, the exposure time of each of these images is six seconds.

For the Chinese bamboo holds iconic status, representing the harmony between nature and man – and symbolising civilisation. In folklore, literature, calligraphy and painting bamboo’s characteristics embody the finest human virtues – integrity, humility and purity. Comparing a person to bamboo is 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.

For more from the series go to my portfolio website here, or on this permanent gallery page on this blog.

Huangshan Ltd – a new series

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Huangshan Ltd

Huangshan (literally ‘Yellow Mountain’) in Anhui province is one of China’s most iconic national monuments. A range of mountains with 72 granite peaks and covering nearly 300 sq.km, the ‘Mount Huangshan Scenic Area’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site providing habitats for rare and threatened species. One of China’s top tourist destinations, its iconic beauty ranks with the Yangtze River and the Great Wall as a potent cultural and spiritual symbol. A ‘sister’ national park of Yosemite in the US, Huangshan has inspired centuries of painters, poets and scholars becoming known to the Chinese as ‘the number one mountain under heaven’. It is particularly renowned for the gossamer threads of ethereal mist that drape the mountains and for the regular phenomenon by which those mists dramatically converge into dense ‘seas’ of cloud which surge and billow between the peaks.

The entire Mount Huangshan Scenic Area is owned and managed by the ‘Huangshan Tourism & Development Company Ltd’ and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. China’s decades of rapid economic reforms and the unwillingness of central government to allocate money and resources to such areas has led to this process of privatisation. It’s a model that is being widely replicated for other iconic spiritual and historic sites, from Shaolin temples to sections of the Great Wall.

In this series of photographs, Huangshan’s seas of cloud become an allegory for the process of privatization of an iconic landscape. The mist builds, converging into a sea of cloud that blankets the peaks, and finally disperses. Photographed in a style resonant of traditional Chinese ink drawings, the clouds denote the growing rift between a nation and a landscape once revered as the inspiration for the Chinese collective national identity.

 

The full series of images from this project can now be seen on my portfolio website here or on this permanent gallery page on this blog.

Images and Prints available from Lensmodern

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Glacier d'Argentiere, Chamonix

Glacier d’Argentiere, Chamonix

I am pleased to announce that i have been invited to contribute images to Lensmodern. Lensmodern is an online photographic handling agency and library which was “conceived and created by a group of the world’s top photographers as the only marketplace appropriate for their award-winning work. Lensmodern provides the perfect environment in which to view, sample, license usage, or buy fine art prints of some of the world’s most creative photographic images.”

Selected photographs from my ‘Naked’ series are now available through Lensmodern as fine art prints or available for licensing. The ‘Naked’ series features snowscapes photographed in mountain ranges on several different continents.

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Artist Statement

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

My two recent projects – ‘Huangshan Ltd’ and ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ – mark a slight shift in emphasis in my work – though the progression to this point is clear from a stroll through my ‘generic’ portfolios – ‘land’, ‘sea’ etc. Both projects also share a framework which I intend to continue to pursue in the future. Below is my ‘artist statement’ which should explain all.

Artist Statement

Historically cultures have turned to their natural environment as a source of inspiration for collective identification. Myths, memories and cultural virtues are projected onto a landscape, its characteristics mapped, elaborated and enriched. Over time that landscape moves beyond the role of a cherished homeland, acquiring iconic status and becoming imbued with moral and spiritual significance. Painters, writers and photographers help create and venerate these landscapes, which come to embody a national identity and the aspirations of a society.

Increasingly this bond between a culture and its physical landscape is deteriorating, becoming eroded as we adapt the environment to suit our own ends, rather than allowing it to shape who we are. This is the framework within which I photograph -searching for tools within the landscape that articulate this growing spiritual and cultural detachment. Amongst the issues addressed by my work are those of national identity and iconography, conservation, ecosystem transitions and the ethics of land ownership.

www.jonwyatt.co.uk

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Isle of Jura in the Scottish Inner Hebrides

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

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I’ve recently returned from 2 weeks on the Isle of Jura in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. Many thanks to Jane and Hugh who looked after us so well, their idyllic cottage providing stunning views of the Paps – ‘mountains’ rising to 785m at their highest point.

The island’s relatively small but boggy interior and remote nature (two ferries from the Scottish mainland) combined with extraordinary light, meant I found myself drawn to the views over the Sound of Jura. These are the straits separating the island from the Scottish mainland, which, draped in ethereal light, are known intriguingly in Gaelic as ‘An Linne Rosach’ –  ‘The Sound of Disappointment’. The full series is now up on my portfolio website.

Yangzhou, China

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

The city of Yangzhou in eastern China has nearly three centuries of history and tradition which is colliding head-on with modern China’s current exponential growth. Commissioned by the City of Yangzhou to shoot this dichotomy from a western photographer’s perspective,  I witnessed how this small city by Chinese standards [in the UK it’d be our third largest city!] is embracing the rush for modernity whilst diligently (and perhaps, too enthusiastically) cultivating its rich heritage for the booming tourism market.

The images will form part of the Yangzhou Photo Festival in March 2011 and have been published in China Photo Press Magazine.

The Millau Viaduct

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The Millau Viaduct

Shooting commissions for the ski season having come to a close, I headed out to visit friends Andy and Coralie based in a tiny village in the foothills of the Mediterranean Pyrenees.

This gave me the perfect excuse to stop off at the Foster & Partners viaduct at Millau in France’s Massif Central. At the time of its opening in 2004 it was the highest bridge in the world. Taken in what can only be described as ‘challenging’ weather conditions this is one of several different images taken as I tried to give this widely photographed structure a new twist..

Recent commission in Gulmarg,Kashmir

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Here’s some recent images from this trip. Big thanks to Nick and Chris at Mountain Tracks for putting everything together and Tom from The Observer for publishing the article and being a tireless ski model. Previously having only been to beautiful Kashmir in the summer, the Himalayas proved to be a truly a unique ski experience and one I’ll always remember.