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14.05
2014

Alternative Landscapes: Part B

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Daniel Kukla was daily equipped with a mirror and an easel and wandered in the desert for a month in order to photograph the so called Edge Effect. That is, the sharp environmental changes that take place when two distinct ecosystems meet. 

Based in New York, Daniel Kukla is a photographer with intense ecological concerns, obvious in his work. Having studied Biology and Ecology, his goal is to capture in his photographs the constant changing relation between human and nature.

As a research, my work documents and denotes the major social, political and ecological issues and the experimentation of the scientific view and offers a standpoint able to cause destabilization and questioning.

In 2012, he decided that he was fed up with New York’s noise and spent almost a month living in a hut at Joshua Tree National Park of California, where the desert of Colorado and of Mojave meet at a tract of three thousand square kilometers. During his daily wandering, Daniel noticed that thelandscape’s contrast is impressive at the borders of these two different ecosystems. Sometimes while driving, the landscape in front of him was diametrically opposite to the one that he saw in the mirror of his car. And this is how the idea of capturing the contrast of the landscape through a mirror arose. 

So, he was equipped with a big square mirror and an easel and started the expeditions. It often took him many hours of hiking, while carrying the mirror very carefully on his head, in order to reach a specific spotof the park. 

The outcome is really spectacularand gives us a very good sense of the landscape’s diversity.

 

TRANSLATION: DIMITRA CHARIKLEOUS

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