anthropocene

This page was last updated on: 09 Feb 2019

I have spent all my childhood in the natural landscape of southern Switzerland. I walked in the woods around my home and went for long hikes with my father, friends and school trips. Today I live in larger urban environments and my observation of plants has also focused on urban gardens and parks.

People and Plants is an ongoing research inspired by real facts about the evolution of plants. A series of photos shot in my native country’s woods and in urban gardens of several metropolitan areas. This photographic project is constituted of interactions between observation, fantasy, and history. I want to take the viewers into a fabricated fable that begins with the evolution of the first plants, the advancements of flowering plants and eventually looks at people’s impact on nature, what we know today has ‘Anthropocene’ age.

Below are images from my first edit, visual journal, and research.

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Editing for a first dummy

Editing for a first dummy

OBSERVATIONS JOURNAL

Potted plants at the garden centre

Potted plants at the garden centre

Observations from my city-parks-walks

Observations from my city-parks-walks

Observations from my walks: Dunes deposits, shrubs and pines    (Cape Cod, MS, USA)

Observations from my walks: Dunes deposits, shrubs and pines

(Cape Cod, MS, USA)

Observations from my walkS: Palm trees in the woods    Southern Switzerland

Observations from my walkS: Palm trees in the woods

Southern Switzerland

Observations from my walks: Wood logs    Southern Switzerland

Observations from my walks: Wood logs

Southern Switzerland

Observations from my city walks: Fallen flowers, petals and leaves.

Observations from my city walks: Fallen flowers, petals and leaves.

Observations from my city park walks

Observations from my city park walks

Observations from my city park walks

Observations from my city park walks

Observations from my walks in the woods

Observations from my walks in the woods

Test shot in studio

Test shot in studio

A night-blooming Cereus orchid wilts the day after blooming

A night-blooming Cereus orchid wilts the day after blooming

Selection of dried petals In studio

Selection of dried petals In studio

DIY test shot inspired by plants fossils.

DIY test shot inspired by plants fossils.

RESEARCH:

Nature and plants in Science, in Art and History.

Fossil of the Montsechia vidalii, an extinct genus of aquatic plants. It would appear to be the earliest known flowering plant.

Fossil of the Montsechia vidalii, an extinct genus of aquatic plants. It would appear to be the earliest known flowering plant.

Eduard Riou (1838-1900) from The World Before the Deluge 1872

Eduard Riou (1838-1900) from The World Before the Deluge 1872

Flowers in Japanese animation

Flowers in Japanese animation

Flowers in Japanese animations

Flowers in Japanese animations

Cy Twombly’s roses. Acrylic on plywood.

Cy Twombly’s roses. Acrylic on plywood.

Painting of Flora and Zephyr

Painting of Flora and Zephyr

Iced flowers by Makoto Azuma

Iced flowers by Makoto Azuma

In 2001, Elon Musk conceptualized  Mars Oasis , a project to land a miniature experimental greenhouse and grow plants on Mars

In 2001, Elon Musk conceptualized Mars Oasis, a project to land a miniature experimental greenhouse and grow plants on Mars

Sustenir Agriculture, a controlled environment agriculture farm, producing food without sun or soil in indoor environments. Food production is calibrated without GMO’s.    Source: National Geographic documentary “City of the Future: SINGAPORE”

Sustenir Agriculture, a controlled environment agriculture farm, producing food without sun or soil in indoor environments. Food production is calibrated without GMO’s.

Source: National Geographic documentary “City of the Future: SINGAPORE”

Sam Van Aken, The tree of 40 fruits of the genus  Prunus

Sam Van Aken, The tree of 40 fruits of the genus Prunus

Still from Aquaphobia, installation by Jacob Kudsk

Still from Aquaphobia, installation by Jacob Kudsk

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

This experimental film looks at the world and the effect man has had on the landscape and the environment

This experimental film looks at the world and the effect man has had on the landscape and the environment

The tree/wood ideogram

The tree/wood ideogram

Sculpture by artist Susanne Ussing

Sculpture by artist Susanne Ussing

Bruno Munari's Bonsai trees

Bruno Munari's Bonsai trees