Frank Watson

The photographs explore a shifting relationship with the landscape as a consequence of global warming. The project sets out to consider the existing terrain of the Thames Estuary whilst also engaging with a future landscape blighted by rising sea levels. Recent writings around landscape theory suggests a more anxious and alienated relationship with the environment as technological progress continues to impact on any traditional relationship we might once have had with nature.

Representing a future landscape implicates ideas of science fiction that often unconsciously speculate on contemporary anxieties by projecting them onto future events. The photographs, while considering both present and future, also acknowledge the past by revealing military and industrial ruins that lie along the Estuary. These traces of past events within the landscape act as an environmental reminder of the way the industrial debris of the past becomes the responsibility of future generations.

The project consists of 40 photographs and can be viewed on request.

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