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.
Presented here are a series of isolated encounters between the byproduct of industry and nature, between steam and cloud, land and sky.
To stand before a tower, to experience the power of steam rushing towards the sky, and the water crashing at its 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 monstrous objects, so associated with global warming they have come to represent a threat. But this landscape exists 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 through industrial 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