Horizons isn't a specific project I set out to accomplish, it is simply a collection of the many horizons I was fortunate to witness in Western Australia while flying my glider.


For some time I focused solely on the formal patterns on the ground from a vertical perspective (see Inhabited), but occasionally I let go of the camera for a while and enjoy the view of the horizon. Like my dad before me, I usually end my flights by gaining some altitude then turn off the engine and glide down. Many of these shots have been taken at that time, when I take this quiet moment to really take in the view with the wind flowing through my lines and ears.

These horizons are truly something special, they remind me of Tim Winton's comment in Island Home that he felt claustrophobic in Europe. It didn't strike me then, but now, everytime I turn off the engine and glide down I take those words in again and feel like I belong here. 

Horizons 2011- ongoing

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“Places matter. Their rules, their scale, their design include or exclude civil society, pedestrianism, equality, diversity (economic and otherwise), understanding of where water comes from and garbage goes, consumption or conservation. They map our lives [...] the way we inhabit places also matters, and that comes from experience, imagination, belief, and desire as much as or more than from architecture and design. In other words, the mind and the terrain shape each other: every landscape is a landscape of desire to some degree, if not always for its inhabitants”
Solnit, R. 2007. Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics, p.9.

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