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‘Human/Nature’ explores the fragile relationship between humanity and the natural landscape. Inspired by current environmental issues occurring in Iceland regarding the sale of natural resources to foreign industries, and the destruction this has caused, these images merge the Icelandic landscape with the human body to promote nature as an important part of mankind, rather than a commodity to be exploited for financial gain. While this project is based on issues specific to Iceland, the underlying meaning is universal, and serves as a strong reminder to the rest of the world that even in modern society, nature is still an important force that should be preserved and respected.
The images are made up of small fragments of the Icelandic landscape, superimposed on to the human body to create the illusion of a person physically made out of parts of nature. Photographs were taken on location in the Snæfellsnes, Mývatn and Sólheimajökull areas in March 2011, and merged with high-resolution images of the body to create a striking and surreal effect. These locations were chosen for their dramatic and varied landscapes, which represent Iceland’s volcanic and seismic activity.
The result is a series of conceptual fine art photographs, which is intended to both criticise the destruction of the Icelandic landscape, and to remind us of our natural roots.