DARK TOURISM 2015 - 2018
LIMITED EDITION ARTWORKS
The Limited Edition artworks listed in this catalogue are available as archival pigment prints, professionally printed on Fotospeed Platinum Etching 285gsm paper at 29x22" 45x34" 60x46" & 75x56"
Each print is printed with a 2" border, signed, numbered and accompanied with a signed certificate of authenticity.
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Photographed with Mamiya 645DF+ Body, Leaf Credo 80 Digital Back, Schneider Kreuznach 28mm f4.5 LS Lens, Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f2.8 LS Lens
The phrase dark tourism conjures up ideas and images from sites of a dark nature, associated with death, suffering, tragedy and the macabre. Everybody holds different opinions on this relatively new term, due to the fact that we are not programmed to understand the seemingly human nature to be attracted to things of such a dark nature and until recently there was not a name for such activity.
There is a group of people that travel to these sites with fire in their eyes, with emotion and enthusiasm and they photograph these places in the same way a normal tourist would take tourist snaps. Often creating highly powerful images in which the viewer feels strong emotional attachment , whether it be positive or negative. It is of interest to find out why images created at such sites are often found beautiful even though they are of a dark disposition.
These sites include, places of tragedy, death and catastrophe, for example genocide, war, natural disaster, man made failure and human atrocity, including the rituals and burials of the dead and places believed to be haunted. Museums, memorial sites, ossuary and cemeteries, are created to remember and grieve these events and the dead.
I am currently writing a PhD on the social anthropological side of dark tourism photography and my resulting writing and photography will result in a book which I have been commissioned to create in 2016, published in 2018.