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A photographer with a passion for philosophy, I seek out embodied practices that produce emotional and intellectual material for me (and hopefully others) to digest. My work explores the crossroads of photography, human geography, philosophy and anthropology. Flying a paraglider over Western Australian landscapes, I experience and think through two concepts I constantly return to: sense of place and the sublime.
Yi-Fu Tuan, a famous human geographer, once noted that: 'only the visitor can have an aesthetic perspective, for the native is taken up by the landscape they inhabit' (paraphrased).
Do art and aesthetics then arise from the experience of a certain distance and a form of alienation that triggers a heightened self-awareness, where the taken-for-granted suddenly morphs into the uncanny or the sublime? Must we, as a consequence of the aesthetic experience, renew both our sense of self and our sense of place? If so, it describes a crucial philosophical process that I personally enjoy wading through.
Is the role of the artist, like that of the philosopher, then to forever re-present the world to us? Making it alien and yet also thereby revealing it anew, constantly making us visitors of our own home. I quite like that as a mission statement.
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