Callum Ross / Between a fear of falling, and a desire to fall / September 03 – 27 2014


In Callum Ross’ images we are presented with a series of landscape photographs. Importantly, these are not the landscapes of postcard photography. Postcards describe their landscapes via synecdoche. That is, they present some trace of the landscape, which stands in for the whole. The stance taken by a postcard toward its viewer is necessarily one of distance – ‘wish you were here’ only works if ‘here’ is imagined to be somewhere impossibly far away.

In Ross’ photographs, however, the landscapes stand only for themselves. They flatten the distance between the viewer and the object – the background is brought forward to meet us. It is telling, then, that these photographs carry no clear indicator of their place of origin. Travelling Ross’ landscapes is not a process of ‘walking-through’ by steps, but one of slippages and sudden associations. It is a process of falling into these landscapes so that one’s vantage point is muddled into the landscape being viewed. It is a charged vertigo, which pulls the viewer inward. Falling, it could be said, is the most thrilling way to travel.

– Henry Andersen


[1] Kundera, M. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (NYC: Harper and Rowe,
1984), p.29
[2] Morton, T. The Ecological Thought (London: Harvard University Press) 2010
[3] Morton, T. “Zero-Landscapes in the Time of Hyper-Objects.” Graz
Architectural Magazine: #7 (2011). 78-87

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