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DOOMSDAY  SYNDROME

Art is always a reaction to the world around us, but I never intended to make a political or social statement through my photography until this collection. Doomsday Syndrome speaks of global warming, of pollution and mostly of a sense of a doomed planet. It describes the opposing feelings I have when on photo shoots. On one hand, I am overwhelmed by the Earth’s beauty and magic. On the other hand, I am crushed by the knowledge of its decline and its impending fate. This collection speaks of the hope and beauty we can still find in the doom and gloom.

"Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty."

"The quality that we call beauty, however, must always grow from the realities of life, and our ancestors,

forced to live in dark rooms, presently came to discover beauty in shadows, ultimately to guide shadows towards beauty’s ends."
 

- In Praise of Shadows  (Junichiro Tanizaki , 1933)

© Nathalie Strand, 2017-2021