ADF Photo Feature
We remain absorbed in a convenient, comfortable and complacent ignorance that prevents us from seeing the real and transcendent events that really matter in our lives.
The climate crisis, global social inequality, the progressive loss of rights and freedoms, war or the rise of fascism in democratic institutions do not represent a priority for action or a deep concern for a large majority of citizens around the world.
Our lives have become a narrative that unfolds between reality and fiction. A narrative in which we participate as mere extras in a drama that others write and direct. We are permanent spectators of the information that appears on a small screen, which we blindly believe even if what it tells us or says is absolutely false
Everything has been subjected to the laws, norms and rules of human beings whose determination to believe they are the centre of the universe has led them to subjugate even nature in order to turn it into a territory, a space at the service of their own desires. In this context, the landscape is nothing more than a mere cultural and social representation that is also subject to the whims and greed of its interests and is nothing more than an echo of the harmonious relationship that used to unite us with nature.
Ellie Davies (Born 1976, lives in Dorset, UK. ) has been working in the forests of the UK since 2007, making work that explores the complex interrelationship between landscape and the individual. For her, our understanding of landscape can be seen as a construct in which layers of meaning that reflect our own cultural anxieties and preoccupations obscure the reality of the land, veiling it, and transforming the natural world into an idealization.
Her images appeal to that universal harmony, perhaps lost, in which humans were part of that union with nature and are now unable to see and feel, blinded by their arrogance and lack of empathy. They seem like a wake-up call to restore our sanity in a world where everything is fast and fast-paced, perhaps to allow us a moment of tranquillity in which stillness can open our eyes.
“These landscapes work on several levels. They are a reflection of my personal relationship with the forest, a meditation on universal themes related to the psyche and explore the concept of landscape as a social and cultural construct”.- Ellie Davies.