Future Specimens

In the 4500 million years of its existence, the earth has undergone major geological change.  Despite having suffered several severe climate and extinction events, it has continued to evolve and renew itself.

‘Anthropocene’ is the name scientists  and  scholars have recently assigned our current geological epoch.   An era, in which human activity has significantly and potentially permanently changed our planet.   Appearing as a mere speck on the geological timeline, will our existence be insignificant in the life of the planet?

In this project,  I am interested in exploring these issues and imagining what the natural landscapes and geology of the future might be.

Inspired by the geological specimens found in museums and archives, I am creating a set of imagined landscapes using digital collage. The landscape photographs originate from College Lake, Tring, a site where positive renewal has taken place; once a former chalk quarry, it is now a thriving nature reserve.

Future Specimen I
Future Specimen II

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