Photographic series, each print A1 size.
Josie : “Globally the overuse of sand is creating one of the lesser-known resource crises. The demand for sand is a catastrophe for other life forms dependent on the ocean floor and riverbeds, with knock-on effects perpetuated through the ecosystem.
Booming demand has also led to ‘sand mafias’ and people have lost their homes, livelihoods and even their lives. I am using non-documentary photography to raise this issue. These images reflect my desire to lessen human impact on the environment while also referencing how our modern life is dependent on this resource.
To minimise my own photographic ‘footprint’, I create these camera-less images with minimal photographic chemicals. In the ‘outside darkroom’ I use sand, sunlight and seawater, followed by some digital manipulation. The original artwork is exposed on expired black and white photographic paper. It is not processed with chemicals but scanned before being stored in a light-tight box, then manipulated to create the final image, and printed.
The images reference various sources of inspiration from the passage of time to geology, the microscopic to the vast, anthropocentric to ecocentric ideologies, and the past to the present.”