Photographing a landscape is portraying humanity.

The series Blue Romanticism is part of a broader visual investigation into the origins of the concept of “nature”. This concept continues to determine how we shape man’s relationship with the rest of the planet. It brought Kurt Stockman to the romantic ideal of it: an unspoiled place outside of man.

However, such a place no longer exists on this planet. Due to climate change, our influence is on every organism, on every landscape.

Blue Romanticism depicts this paradox. The images show an apparently idyllic, untouched space in which man is absent. However, by pinning the images behind reflective plexiglass – a byproduct of fossil fuels – Stockman re-imagines the ubiquitous presence of man.

♥ thank you: Griet, Hilde, Marjoleine, Dries, Thierry, Jonas & Hendrik

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