[ 4.5 x 5 Inch framed in box set by region + 2.5 x 3 Inches in individual handheld case with viewing shelf ]
SPECIES IMPACT, is a set of portraits of species effected by the impacts of climate change in the arctic and tropics. Working with wildlife scientists the ten representative animals were photographed in the wild over a series of expeditions to Greenland, the Alaskan arctic, the Svalbard Territory, and the Galapagos Islands between 2012-2016. The selected species are victims of a range of key effects of climate change noticeable in these regions such as, sea level rise and ocean acidification, and impacts on food supply, and long established migratory patterns.
The daguerreotype is a dynamic visual object. The image renders on a mirrored surface and shifts with light and angle between the ghost negative, the trace positive, and the direct reflection of the viewer. In the middle of the 19th century during the Civil War, daguerreotypes were used as a kind of momento mori, a memory of those who had passed on. The ghost was the angle, in this case, to too often and too quickly manifest as fact.
The complexity of what the daguerreotype process, the experience of the object, and this history symbolize, is meant in this contemporary set to act as a collection of metaphors reflecting the edge of the great loss we are now entangled in.