ether – sections 8 – 11

Four new sections of ether. These all come from several days of work in Sandy Bay, Northland. They continue the themes of the first seven sections but experiment with both more abstract and more realist directions.

Each image links directly to its gallery on and opens a new window.

ether – first seven sections

The first sections of ether explore the beginnings of the project, at various locations in the North Island of New Zealand over 2015 and 2016. These are places I frequent and immerse myself in – although many are spectacular beaches, I see them as homeground (and sometimes they are around my home).

I’m interested in the tension between beauty in the environment and the damage that humans are causing it. Many of us, individually, hold a sense of guilt and a desire to find better ways to live, yet as an over-populous species we remain unwilling or unable to confront the effects of overconsumption.

Now, when we see beauty in the environment, it is tinged with the knowledge of our potential to undermine it.

Each of these images links directly to the gallery on and opens a new window.

Experimental outtakes from the ether series

Copyright in the terms pages of sites: instagram, flickr, imgur, facebook, twitter pinterest etc 18-5-2017

Copyright policies from some of the major image sharing sites (as at the date 18-5-2017). Interesting to compare how the different sites either limit their potential use and control over your content or leave the space wide open for interpretation.

In my laymans reading of these contracts for instance, Yahoo (which covers Flickr and Tumblr etc), while giving themselves a worldwide license to reproduce images, adds this statement: “or, in the case of photos or graphics, solely for the purpose for which such photo or graphic was submitted to the Service. ”

All of the contracts appear to keep copyright with the originator, but all also give the site wide-ranging rights, which are likely needed to operate the services they provide, and allow social sharing, tagging etc. But some contracts appear to be needlessly open-ended and potentially give rights to all manner of unspecified publication (and without compensation, attribution or even notification).

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what if anything results from the sites that don’t appear to protect their users as well, but for now, I’m wary of posting high-res images and without watermarking, on some of the sites…

Flickr and Tumblr (Yahoo)

    1. For purposes of the TOS, “publicly accessible areas of the Service” are those accessible by the general public. By way of example, a publicly accessible area of the Service would include public Message Boards Yahoo New Zealand Message Boards, but would not include private Yahoo New Zealand communication services such as Yahoo New Zealand Mail or Yahoo New Zealand Messenger.
    2. With respect to Content you elect to post for inclusion in publicly accessible areas of Yahoo New Zealand Message Boards or that consists of photos or other graphics you elect to post to any other publicly accessible area of the Service, you grant Yahoo New Zealand the world-wide, royalty free and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish such Content on the Service solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting the specific Yahoo New Zealand Message Boards to which such Content was submitted, or, in the case of photos or graphics, solely for the purpose for which such photo or graphic was submitted to the Service. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Service and shall be terminated at the time you delete such Content from the Service.
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ether – online project now live

I’ve just made the ‘ether’ project live, at

ether is an exploration of my/ our relationship with the environment, acknowledging that it is a one-sided relationship – we need the environment but it can get along fine with or without us. This becomes more poignant with the cloud of climate change hanging over us. How do we live with the knowledge that our species has profound effects on the planet we depend on?

poster for the series ‘ether’