ViewPoint Gallery Photography Competition 2016
Leuconotopicus Borealis, 2016
Christine Fitzgerald has always been captivated with the natural world. This began in her childhood growing up in a small town in the Eastern Townships of Québec, Canada, and her fascination has never abated. Much of her photographic work deals with the fragile relationship between humans and nature, and the tension that this relationship inevitably brings. Her images are produced intuitively using digital and vintage cameras, often integrating historical and modern photographic tools and processes. Christine has degrees from Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, studied at Harvard University and completed the diploma program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa.
"Species are produced and exterminated by slowly acting causes…and the most important of all causes of organic change is one which is almost independent of altered…physical conditions, namely the mutual relation of organism to organism-the improvement of one organism entailing the improvement or extermination of others".
Charles Darwin. The Origin of Species. 1859.
The earth is a tough planet. Everything is in a state of flux – it has always has been that way. Mass extinctions have occurred before. They are not new. The current ongoing event is different. Unlike previous ones, humans have accelerated the rate of evolution of life on earth. The image Leuconotopicus borealis is from the Threatened series, which combine the past with the present. The future is unwritten.
The series was produced using the nineteenth-century collodion process in which the hues, tones and serendipitous imperfections of the process combine with the subject matter to convey the disturbing present reality of the world’s threatened creatures and the bleak future they face.
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