’Chance creates a presence...a unified romance with the landscape’
Anthony Hodgkinson's photography explores more than just the representation of an image, using analogue photographic techniques. Hodgkinson seeks to identify the emotion of the landscape by allowing nature to take partial control of the process within his practice.
'The Film is engraved, scarred and agitated, processed by elements'
For Hodgkinson, a photograph is about more than just the visual documentation of the landscape; it is a record of the experience within the landscape, the film is engraved, scarred and agitated, referencing elements in the landscape, chance creates a presence in the work. Hodgkinson reminds us that we are not here to succeed or pass nature, but to share a unified romance with the landscape.
Informality spoke with Anthony about his recent body of work and how he is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where are you currently isolating?
I’m isolating in Glebe, Sydney’s inner west and my darkroom is downstairs in my apartment.
Can you tell us your thoughts behind your current project titled ‘Serotiny' and its relationship to the catastrophic bushfires in Australia?
Serotiny is the process of a seed bank-pod responding to an environmental trigger, releasing its seeds to ensure the species survival. The fauna native to Australia has adapted to the presence of fire over thousands of years.
My recent work explores my intimate relationship with, Lane Cove Valley National Park which burnt in November 2019.
I walked the valley once it was safe to return to and found a completely altered landscape. I returned multiple times to document the regeneration of the valley, focusing on the Banksia Serrata species and the process of serotiny.
Despite Australia having had its worst bushfires on record, this process of regeneration gives hope to our blackened landscape.
"Bill Henson's work exhibited in the Australian pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 1995 has been a significant influence throughout my work”.
As an artist, do you see the COVID pandemic as a topic you intend to explore?
Not directly. I’ve started observing moments in my daily life more intently, I have been examining the way in which light falls upon foliage throughout the day.
How are you approaching your practice during the current COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions?
My practice usually involves travelling to locations for me to photograph which I have had to postpone. I'm using this time to collect ideas for future curatorial projects.
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