IN SITU: New Photodocumentary Work/ BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY, PERFECT THE NEXT

by David Mines

The frequently used catch phrase for selling the Queensland lifestyle of “Beautiful one day, perfect the next” suggests that the quality of life enjoyed by Queenslanders can be  measured by the clarity of the State’s skies. Using a documentary methodology, different locations have been chosen and photographed in an attempt to capture the impact of habitation on coastal regions in South East Queensland as expressed through the sunny blue skies.

As Australia’s population increases, bringing economic growth and employment, our environmental impacts are often overlooked in favour of short term monetary gains. As a consequence, waste from our affluent lifestyles are now believed to be having direct effects not only to the health of the environment, but to our health as well. This project sought to bring a different way of understanding the consequences of western affluence, and to effectively setup a new form of critique on the impact of humans on the natural environment.

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