'Earth' by Jane Burton Taylor
The photographs in ʻearthʼ explore the relationship between movement and stillness. By simultaneously capturing movement with a point of stillness in the landscape, the works signal the metaphoric relationship between the ephemeral and the eternal, the mortal and the immortal, the transient and the permanent.
The works convey an immediate sense of place, and in parallel attempt to communicate different registers of human life experience. They are external and internal landscapes.
By altering the conventional still landscape with movement, the photographs focus attention on two opposing forces, most particularly on the relief of the counterpoint to movement and change or flux: a moment of stillness, stability and clarity.
The process of change, shifting between varying states, is ever present in life. It is part of the human condition. When in juxtaposition to this change or transformation, we experience stillness, clarity, or a sharp in-focus vision, it is a moment in which we feel life most intensely, and to hold meaning.
The phenomena of combined movement and stillness is also constant in nature, it is akin to the spinning of the earth. Though we donʼt witness this as a direct experience - our world appears still to us - the earth is in fact constantly spinning on its axis, a reality that allows us to exist and prosper.
By photographing mountain landscapes in a part of the world with a long history of human occupation and invasion, reaching back to myth, the works resonate with the evidence of our existence through millennia.
The photographs were shot in the Madonie and Nebrodie mountains of central Sicily.
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