Is there a way to restore our connection to nature, make us become one and the same yet again? How can we not see we are nature?
As an artist and human being, the relationship between ourselves as humans and nature has been consuming me every step of the way. Questions on the sustainability of my practice – one which relies on potentially harmful processes – on the subjectivity of my experiences and on the influence we have on the world around us, have guided me through the course of this project. By not only implementing, but also questioning photographic techniques, I try to examine photography both as the subject and the technical field in which I undertake my research.
Mirroring Landscapes, the title of this project, refers to the many ways in which we relate to the world around us. First of all, it points to how our perception of the universe reflects our inner world, our desires and beliefs – and how we have learned to see ourselves as the center of the universe for far too long. Second of all, it points to how the impact of our actions on the landscape reflect our broken connection to our surroundings. Lastly, it points to the use of photography as the means to create a mirror image, a way to direct our views on the world in which we live today.
The eponymous book deals with these same topics through three chapters, starting at an off-grid residency in the south of Spain, running through a contaminated red river and ending at an abandoned industrial park in Portugal. These locations have been at the center of my research – in material and geographical sense, as well as in the way they are an example for the human connection to, and interference in, the landscape. The main questions I kept asking myself are a leading thread through both my visual and linguistic explorations. Is it possible to become one with nature, forget about ourselves for just a moment? How do we justify our appropriation of the landscape? How do we view the impact we have on our surroundings?