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Natural Habitat Photographs by Max Colson

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Natural Habitat Photographs by Max Colson

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“At leisure let us view, from day to day, As they present themselves, the spectacles Within doors, troops of wild beasts, birds and beasts Of every nature, from all climes convened; And, next to these, those mimic sights that ape The absolute presence of reality, Expressing, as in mirror, sea and land, And what earth is, and what she has to show; I do not here allude to subtlest craft, By means refined attaining purest ends, But imitations, fondly made in plain Confession of man’s weakness and his loves...” from Book VII, The Prelude by William Wordsworth

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I feel that we occupy a more tenuous position in the world than we allow ourselves to believe, particularly because of facts like climate change, and yet we often manipulate our natural environment in a way that looks as if we are trying to persuade ourselves that this is not the case. Feeling safe and in control is obviously a necessary part of living a healthy ‘normal’ life, and so what I find most fascinating is that the belief that we are secure is a necessary deception that seems to to be essential to our function in the modern era. That it is necessary is because our position in the world

is actually a precarious one, particularly if we carry on consuming in the way that we are. Mainstream culture does not encourage us to debate this, save for when natural disasters occur in distant areas of the globe.

day conceits: one in which we continually look into the future, presuming that we will always have a place in it. That our rapid advancement, our sense of fulfilment as a species, actually challenges the foundations on which our culture is based because of its We surround ourselves environmental effects, with a consumerthat it might impact orientated landscape our position within that constantly reminds the ecosystem, is an us of our latest advances existential dilemma that in technology, science, we do not generally deal and communication; with. Yet global warming advances which will is a fact and sea levels make our future are rising. Our position more comfortable is more vulnerable than and complete. In we would like ourselves this we see another to believe. I wanted one of our modern to produce a body of

photographs that whilst not tackling climate change explicitly, would deal with the fragile position that we have within our landscape and how we try to manipulate the natural world around us to convince oursleves that this is not how our life actually is. - Max Colson, April 2012

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All words and images by Max Colson www.MaxColson.com SwitchMaxColson@GoogleMail.com With many thanks to Beatrice LeFanu Collins, Sarah LeFanu and Chris Collins for the tremendous help and encouragement.

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