70 percent of the oxygen is produced by fresh and salt watered algae. This seems a large portion, but it is important to not that 71 percent of the world is made up of water. Despite this, the ‘perfect’ image of a golden beach looks ‘polluted’ when seaweed is all over the beach.
I was drawn to the seaweeds form, the soft, slimy, and tactile nature. They evoke a haptic perception, as defined by Laura Marks, “haptic visuality as a kind of seeing that uses the eye like an organ of touch,” in an article about the works of Stephen Vincent. The slightly intrusive connotations of been wrapped around your ankles in the ocean, or their faintly pungent traits are imagined by the free moving prints.
This project is an archive of seaweeds found around the wellington region to push aside these negative conations and intend glorify the beauty of salt water algae. The scientific archive is crucial in the contemporary climate of today with the impending issues with water quality and pollution. It brings forward the the scientific issues in a visual medium more digestible for the public. As mentioned in ‘Photography and Science’ written by Kelly Wilder, “It brings together the knowledge that is collected and protected (for better or worse) to facilitate learning, to control the boundaries of history, to shape and colour a particular view of the world.” (89).
Kelley Wilder. Photography and Science. Reaktion Books Ltd. Leicester. 2009
Kinnamon, Liz. “On Making Haptic Drawings & Accordion Fold Books | Stephen Vincent.” Women & Performance, Women & Performance, 2 Feb. 2015, www.womenandperformance.org/ampersand/ampersand-articles/on-making-haptic-drawings-accordion-fold-books-stephen-vincent.html.