ZOE CHILDERLEY

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A peripheral and charismatic community of the high desert, struggling to find meaning and moments of grace in a hostile environment.

 

The work explores the encounters between people and nature, it is a play with light, impermanence and the faculties of seeing, utilising both traditional documentary techniques with more contemporary forms of representation.

 

Contrasting of the black of the night with the blinding light of the day, this work investigates the narrative potential of photography in relation to its abstract capacities, bringing forth a reality that is simultaneously uncanny and unknowable. I am interested in landscape, and particularly in combining a desire to experience the ‘sublime’ with the inexplicable seduction of the abyss.

 

This desert community offers many the opportunity to start anew, providing a blank slate of sorts for people attracted to this fragile and contrary environment, to make a life in a merciless clime that is not nearly as empty as it looks. The nature of this human ecosystem is that of a paradox demonstrating an intensity and delicateness, isolation and ambiguity.

 Dinosaur Dust