SPECIES IMPACT

Species Impact, is a set of daguerrotype portraits of species effected by the impacts of climate change in the Arctic and tropics. The ten representative animals were photographed by the artist in the wild over a series of expeditions to Greenland, the Alaskan arctic, the Svalbard Territory, and the Galapagos between 2012-2016. The selected species cover a range of key climate change impacts noticeable in these regions such as; ocean acidification, sea level rise, food supply depletion, and migratory pattern shifts.

 

The daguerreotype is a dynamic visual object. The image renders on a mirrored surface and shifts with light and angle between the ghost negative, the trace positive, and the direct reflection of the viewer. You cannot avoid the (literal) reflection of the self entwined with the subject depicted. The complexity of what the daguerreotype process, the experience of the object, and this history symbolize, is meant in this contemporary set to act as a collection of metaphors reflecting the edge of the great loss we are now entangled in.