CHRISTOPHER  HOUGHTON

                                                                 The Agential sea, at rest and in motion. 2016.  

As human beings we often see ourselves as separate to the natural world. My work with photography is a remembrance of sorts, not in the way photographs collect memories, but an expression of the synergies existent in nature of which humanity is a part.  It is with some irony that the best way to create the work is through a process of forgetting. Using a self-prescribed practice of slow photography, I shoot with film using an old wooden camera and spend months in-situ, developing an awareness of country and its rhythms to capture the symbiotic and semiotic relationship between the human, non-human, inanimate and unseen. 

For the past four years I have dedicated myself to a one-mile stretch of coast at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. The patterns of currents, cadences of tidal pools, lilt of dawn winds and the temperate crash of waves that wash against the rocks all collaborate to realise a photograph. Marking time, walking, not walking, seeing, not seeing, be-ing in the world to remember I am of the world, and bearing witness to the exchange - this is what makes the work. The aim is not to re-present the physical envrionment, but render a feeling that embodies the Australian landscape on its own terms.

 'Anatomy of Deep Creek Longitude -035.655200, Latitude unknown' was exhibited in Gallery 2 at the Adelaide Central School of Art in late 20216.  Works from the series recently exhibited at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and the SASA Gallery in Adelaide.