Current project: Immortality is Commonplace

Immortality is Commonplace uses lichens — the symbiotical growth of algae, fungus and bacteria — as a metaphor through which to explore the precariousness of our environmental conditions. The resulting photograph which is normally said to immortalise turns out to be a trap, as lichens are organisms which become less likely to die as they grow older. This work investigates how photographing extraordinarily durable organisms in times of ecological instability challenges the notion of photography as an embalming practice.

Above: Ankerwycke yew, Windsor, England. Estimated to be around 2500 years old.

Below: Cladonia cristatella, commonly known as the 'British soldier' lichen.

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