This body of work The New Wilderness (2020), was created for the group show I Heard a Wind with Contact Sheet Gallery.
So this is your wilderness. Detroit.
As more and more people move to urban environments to live (two-thirds of the world's population are predicted to live in cities by 2050) the natural landscape around us continues to change. Man-made elements begin to shape the modern landscape around us, lighting, directing and shaping the world in which we live. Manufactured materials such as concrete, steel and bitumen now make us our environments more so than earth, grasses and trees as the urban environments push further and further from their epicentre. This body of works seeks to capture this post-modern environment, specifically at night, to analyse the ways in which humanity has constructed the world around us.
Often, we do take the time to look around at the environments around us and engage with the world that we now live in. Human progress is a slow grind that for us has become commonplace and something which is now so normal that we take no notice of it. The New Wilderness takes place in country NSW where urban expansion is still mixed with the natural elements of Australia creating a unique landscape that is not urban yet is not completely natural also.