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Rummelsburg, Lichtenberg, Berlin (2012), C-type (handprint), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Lünen, Unna, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), C-type (handprint), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)


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Alfeld, Hildesheim, Niedersachsen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Schkopau, Saalekreis, Sachsen-Anhalt (2013), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Duisburg-Hamborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Bergheim-Niederaussem, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Herne-Baukau, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Voerde, Wesel, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Jänschwalde, Spree-Neiße, Brandenburg (2013), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Bergheim-Niederaussem, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Grevenbroich, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Duisburg-Walsum, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Duisburg-Hamborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Bergheim-Niederaussem, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Grevenbroich, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Eschweiler, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (2014), 120x96cm and 40x31.5cm (edition of 6)

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Installation view - In the Anthropocene @ Bartley + Company, Wellington, 2017 | Photo courtesy Bartley + Company 

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Installation view - In the Anthropocene @ Bartley + Company, Wellington, 2017 | Photo courtesy Bartley + Company

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Installation view - Outer Space @ Two Rooms, Auckland | Photo © artsdiary.co.nz

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Installation view - Outer Space @ Two Rooms, Auckland | Photo © Sam Hartnett

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Installation view - Outer Space @ Two Rooms, Auckland | Photo © Sam Hartnett 

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Installation view - Outer Space @ Two Rooms, Auckland | Photo © Sam Hartnett 

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Installation view - Himmel + Erde @ Pavlov's Dog, Berlin
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Installation view - Himmel + Erde @ Pavlov's Dog, Berlin | Photo ©  Pavlov's Dog

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Installation view - Himmel + Erde @ Pavlov's Dog, Berlin

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Installation view - Selective Exposure @ Photospace, Wellington | Photo © James Gilberd

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Installation view - Selective Exposure @ In Situ, Christchurch | Photo courtesy In Situ

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Installation view - Selective Exposure @ In Situ, Christchurch | Photo courtesy In Situ

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Installation view - Outer Space @ PLAZA, Auckland | Photo © Sam Hartnett

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Installation view - Outer Space @ PLAZA, Auckland | Photo © Sam Hartnett

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Installation view - Outer Space @ PLAZA, Auckland | Photo © Sam Hartnett

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In Pursuit of the Object, at a Proper Distance


Taking on the role of eighteenth century picturesque enthusiast, I planned this journey in advance, seeking out specific destinations around Germany in pursuit of objects and scenes I expected to see, but aimed to fix for myself in picturesque light.


These are isolated encounters between nature and ourselves, steam and cloud, land and sky, the real and the imagined.


To experience the steam bursting into the sky, and water crashing at the tower base - the sensation is immense and overwhelming. 


It is delightful, it’s threatening
It is powerful, it’s dangerous
It is deliciously scary, it’s destructive
It is horribly pleasing.


The rational mind says I should feel guilty for finding beauty in such objects, so associated with global warming they have come to represent a threat. But these scenes exist in the real world, here is analogue proof.


From a position of safety one can enjoy my pictures, as objects of beauty, as pictorial trophies, as evidence of my pursuit throughout Germany. But pleasure has a sharp realisation when we recall that uncomfortable feeling.


This project was made possible thanks to the generous support from Creative New Zealand

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