Exploring notions of place through the invention of an alternative space, it aims to examine the transitional role that photography plays in creating alternative realities.
By looking at the construction of the ‘exotic’ in popular imagination, the work becomes an interpretation of our everyday landscape and our associations to ‘place’. What creates the essence of a place? How do we relate and through what connections? Can this essence be extracted?
Photography functions as a transitional tool, allowing through the act of inclusion and exclusion, a formation of a space outside of reality. In blurring the lines between fact and fiction, my aim is to question the visibility of the landscape we inhabit and create an opening for new narratives to form.
Imaginary places become spaces that allow an individual interpretation of experience, one that is both visual and visceral. By questioning the role of the photograph as truth and testament, the work becomes a collection of fragments, allowing the viewer to invent and construct their own stories.
‘Happy Hunting Ground’ is a term traditionally defined as Paradise by Native American tribes. Used to refer to heaven, or to a place where you can find exactly what you are looking for, the process of ‘hunting’ becomes as important as finding.
The works presented here act as traces of that exploration.