There Swept out of the Sea a Song - by Rob Stephenson
Todd Hido : House Hunting
A Different Nature
The role of zoological parks is becoming exponentially important. In many ways, these modern arks are a metaphor for our attitudes toward nature. They are often glaring portrayals of our distorted and disconnected views of the natural world. This group of images examines the landscape-immersion philosophy of current zoos. It is the philosophy that exhibits should be designed to acknowledge the importance and value of natural systems. Visitors to the zoo should be able to associate wild animals with their appropriate wild habitats. I am fascinated by how these replicated, unnatural spaces modeled from nature are rendered as photographic images. The perverse beauty of their forms strike a compelling contrast to the reality they portray.
These spaces, which blur the line between fact and fiction, will be the last stand for many endangered species. This body of work examines these spaces and the paradoxes they create.
Thomas Ruff - phg.06, 2012 Chromogenic print 94 1/2 x 72 7/8 inches (240 x 185 cm) © Thomas Ruff, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London