Chris Round / Evidence / July 24 – August 17 2013

Silverwater, Western Sydney, 2011_600

 

This series of images continues my exploration of anthropogenic, postnatural landscapes and the constant state of flux that exists around us. In essence, it’s about discovering new and unfamiliar places and documenting evidence of the often-surreal relationships between humans and their natural and man-made surroundings.

These images capture evidence of extreme alteration of the land, coexistence with nature, subversion of man-made environments and nature’s retaliation.

The question can be asked – what is natural? Is it natural for humans to shape their surroundings? Is a pile of unearthed coal natural? Is a playground natural? This is, of course, a hardline concept of the natural world and I don’t profess to have the answers, but these ideas serve as inspiration for my photographic research.

It was also important to evaluate each scene without pre-conception, documenting with impartiality, studying the evidence before me without drawing conclusions as to what has been, or what is to come.

 

Chris Round was born in England and now lives and works in Sydney. He studied at both Canterbury College of Art and the School of Communication Arts in the UK, and also Sydney College Of Art in Australia.

Chris has also had a career in advertising, winning many international accolades including a coveted Grand Prix at Cannes. His photography has been awarded both locally and internationally including being shortlisted at the World Photo Awards, finalist at Exposure 2011, Regional Landscape Prize winner at CLIP 2012, finalist at CLIP 2013, finalist at HeadOff at the HeadOn Festival 2013 and honourable mentions at both IPA and PX3 Paris.

He has been exhibited at the World Photo Awards at Somerset House in London, CLIP awards at The Perth Centre for Photography, Exposure 2013 in New York, HeadOff Sydney 2013, and is participating in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale projections in 2013.

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Press / Media:
Robert Nelson, Racks and ruin: framing decay, The Age, 31 July 2013