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 ether.stusontier.net and opens a new window.