Beyond Mt. Iron, Wanaka - limited edition 2/5 - Eric Schusser

Eric Schusser

Beyond Mt. Iron, Wanaka - limited edition 2/5, 2020

51 x 77cmFramed: 62 x 87cmpigment ink print on Hahnemulle German Etching paper 310 gsm . Archival Conservation glassSoldCOLOUR OF ANXIETY - Solo exhibition - 28th March - 24th April Waking up on the 1st of January 2020 and seeing the eery glowing sky and smoke from the Australian bushfires - I immediately thought “Welcome to our future”. To me it was a dystopian future, an in your face reminder that climate change affects us all. In dealing with this as a photographic project I wanted to convey a warning but I also wanted to convey the extraordinary beauty of our land and what we risk losing. In a sense the exhibition has become prophetic - as more and more places shut down in the face of COVID 19 our land will indeed become devoid of people circulating in society. My methodology involves visual storytelling, honesty and I hope to give viewers an image they can connect with, be that graphic and stark images of a future where the beauty rest behind a smoky tone or traditional beautiful black and white landscapes. This exhibition is printed as a series of framed pigment ink archival photographic images with a historic processes wet plate collodion orange smoky tint - a reference to the bushfires. It is contrasted with the classical timeless quality of two black and white images of how it was and how we want things to remain.