David Burrows


Scenes from the ASPA


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Antarctic Divisions Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.

The intention behind these images is to play with ambiguities inherent in expectations of scale, place, time and photography. Most importantly I want to invite the viewer into the childlike sense of wonder I felt as I approached this fantastic world.

I wanted to create photos that confront the viewers expectations of images from Antarctica. Imagine a series of landscape photos from mainland Antarctica without snow, ice or penguins but rather green valleys, forests and mountains abundant in strange primordial vegetation. Are these photos of vast panoramic landscapes or are they windows into a micro world. Are these scenes from a Gondwanan past or are they a possible future? Are they real or constructed? Can a photo ever actually present an objective reality?