This gallery is dedicated to my work for the inaugural Landings: Searching for Meaning international exhibition via Falmouth University.
The exhibition theme seeks to address how the international cohort of students visually challenge and decipher the world around them.
It is further broken down into three themes: Who is Responsible; How we Live; and What Defines Us.
My work sits under the theme of Who is Responsible. It challenges human impact on the environment, with a particular focus on sand and how its use by humans, particularly due to booming urbanisation, may see the ‘time of sand’ run out.
I have used the cyanotype and lumen processes to make camera-less images made by hand, by sand and by the ocean. It is important to me that I keep my photographic impact on the environment to a minimum. Lumen printing makes use of out-of-date black and white photo paper and I choose not to use fixing chemicals, while the cyanotype process is fixed with water; it can even be rinsed out in the sea.
All original images were scanned and simply auto-toned in Photoshop to provide representation of the impact human ‘interference’ can have on nature. Are they better? Perhaps for some aesthetically they will be, but the question raised is does it make it right to do so?
An exhibition of my work can be seen at Hayle Heritage Centre until Friday, August 18 – check their website for opening times and directions.
Hayle was an industrial powerhouse in nineteenth century Britain. The foundry and engineering works Harvey & Co. were recognised worldwide for producing the biggest and best Cornish beam engines.
It also operated a successful steamship company. With both ventures, Harvey’s Foundry enjoyed an outstanding reputation for their meticulous designs and masterful engineering. Plans would have been produced by skilled Harvey’s draughtsman in the company’s Drawing Office, which now forms an exhibition area within Hayle Heritage Centre, and is where my work will be situated.
Invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, the cyanotype was adopted by companies like Harvey’s, who would have used the process to create engineering blueprints.
More recently, residents in Hayle fought to stop sand dredging on their local beaches as it was destroying the coastal environments.
They successfully suspended this process in 2010. You can find out more at:
This makes it a fabulous venue to showcase not only the subject matter, sand but to also celebrate photographic and local history.
You can read more about where my inspiration for this work comes from at my week eight blog post, Harena Now.
But to discover another of the main reasons why I want to develop Harena Now, simply spare one hour and 15 minutes to watch Sand Wars by Denis Delestrac.
It will open your eyes to the sand crisis the world faces. With comments such as “it’s a killing process for the sake of dollars”, “if you are at sea level every grain of sand matters”, and “the sand is our barricade, and we have to understand that” from a variety of people their words demonstrate how this issue is one that will not be going away anytime soon.
Use #HarenaNow to follow progress on social media.