Photo Competition Climate Crisis Submission - abstract

Photographs of nature can contribute to colonial ways of seeing land and they can also provide moments of intervention. I believe that it is critically important to understand and transform that vision from its colonial roots, particularly because extractive colonial relationships foreground and perpetuate climate change. My photography aims to produce alternative ways of seeing the environment and relating to it. Rather than valorize a pristine untouched landscape, or showcase a devastated one, I photograph from the margins of a gaze. My images blur the understood boundaries between human and non-human bodies, highlight ecological relationships and transformations, showcase dualities and contradictions, and propose a queered way of seeing that resists colonial visual regimes. It is my hope that by learning to see and interact with land differently through everyday photography, we can begin to transform other colonial systems that have led to current environmental crises, most notably climate change.