MILES CRITCHLEY-HOPE

Miles Critchley-Hope brings a new, unique approach to modern photography and its possibilities.

From the first day he picked up a camera at the age of thirteen, he was immediately interested in our relationship with the natural world around us and the ways in which we consume its finite resources.

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Mankind’s ability and audacity to shape the land at will has inspired his style: Miles utilises an unnatural and violent composition to outshine nature’s untouched and monumental landscapes. By idolising the remaining natural beauty of our planet through the gaze of the Anthropocene, he is able to contribute something innovative to the photographic community. In this way does he broaden the conversation of photography’s definition and abilities.

To find these unspoilt landscapes, Miles travelled alone through Argentina, Chilé, Bolivia and Peru. The seven pieces that compose the LNDSCP series are a product of the precious and protected national parks and areas of natural beauty across South America - from Torres Del Paine at the southern tip of Chilé to the Rainbow Mountains 5628km north in Peru. The thorough protection of these areas ensures that potentially harmful activities such as hunting, logging and mining are strictly prohibited, benefiting the flora, fauna and human populations of the continent.

All the work rendered by Miles is printed on alternative substrates rather than traditional paper printing; as his work takes modern photography a step beyond the conventional frame with which we are familiar...

He found it deserving of an unconventional substrate to be presented on. The same can be said for the titles used for his series and individual works which are digital shorthand inspired by the digitally dependent process, as in “LNDSCP” (Landscape) and “MNFCTR” (Manufacture). The two opposing collections of work demonstrate the stark juxtaposition between the natural and fabricated environments we live within, each conveying their collective characteristics: LNDSCP displays a balanced and bold aesthetic whilst MNFCTR exhibits a dystopian and chaotic aura.

 

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