For my project Raw, I explore crying landscapes. Raw is about patches of opposing elements that build the landscapes. This series shows the raw ingredients of our world, their reciprocal relationships to each other, and their co-existence. Each element represents an irrevocable history, reveals the wounds of time, and reflects the lived experiences through silent observation and participation.
This ongoing photographic project revolves around the Japanese principle of “mono no aware”: The signification of emotions that ancient glaciers evoke in us but at the same time the deep sadness that these are transient and will not survive the world. Like objects presented in Japanese art, glaciers are impactful and obscure to us, covering something past and forgotten—a hidden mystery carved by water into soil and stone, covered with ice.
My work is a series of photographs approaching glaciers from different perspectives, through aerials, zoomed-in, or closeup work. Using dynamic lines and strong textures, and delicate colors of the landscape, my photographs show a living world in transition, which exists only for fleeting moments in time. My photographs are metaphorically suggesting how society forces their will on the natural environment preserving just memories of the landscapes.
Through this project, I aim to create a collective “aware” with viewers appreciating this work using my photographs as a medium.
Alaska, Switzerland | 2019 – today