Experiments in the transient

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Dey, Shona
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Master of Creative Practice
Unitec Institute of Technology
McDonald, Allan
Smith, Emma
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Māhia Peninsula (Hawke's Bay, N.Z.)
Hawke's Bay (N.Z.)
New Zealand
landscape photography
altenative image capture
additive photography
geological history
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Dey, S. (2022). Experiments in the transient. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Creative Practice). Unitec Institute of Technology. https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5788
The Hikurangi Subduction Zone is located off the east coast of New Zealand and is responsible for powerful earthquakes, land upheaval, and tsunami. This project is situated in the Māhia Peninsula, which is significant from both cultural and scientific perspectives. Through repeated visits to Māhia, it became evident to me that simply taking photos of this place was not going to be enough to convey its geologic intensity and the processes that shape the landscape. As a result, I embarked upon a shift from traditional landscape photography towards a practice that encompassed a collaborative approach; one that involved working with the agency of the natural elements present in this Miocene landscape. My research question emerged: ‘How can photography extend the limits of its optical boundaries to engage with and reveal non-visual elements of the landscape?’ The experimental methods developed in the course of my practice resulted in a new understanding of the way in which certain dynamical processes within natural systems are echoed in the interactions between these elements and the photographic c-print. The resulting body of work is ‘Experiments in the Transient’.
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