Nicholas Hughes. Aspects of Cosmological Indifference #1. Limited Edition.
Edition 2 of 8
C Type darkroom hand print (Chromogenic handprint)
About the Work
Aspects of Cosmological Indifference
Whilst concern for the environment has become more of a mainstream preoccupation it remains to be seen if we have not already used up nature’s goodwill towards us. The slash and burn ecocide of previous generations suggests the future is unknown and the tipping point may already be passed. We fail to heed warning signs at the risk of great loss, yet nature offers a greater lifespan by virtue of the fact that it would eventually profit from our disappearance.
Whilst we continue to rapidly evolve our resource dependent lifestyles, the Cosmos shrugs its shoulders, completely indifferent to the mesmerising mess we make of this planet.
Through study of the dissolution of matter, and in experiencing our insignificance I found reassurance. We are no more than fleeting passages of time, temporary layers that shift, change, combine, universally we swarm and are gone.
These are our moments…here and gone, as the fleeting passages of light so are the changes we have wrought upon the earth’s surface, we can but amount to mere scratches upon the surface no more than splashes of colour before we return to dust.
Nicholas Hughes 2012
About the Photographer
Nicholas Hughes was born in Liverpool in 1963 and studied photography at the London College of Communication. His theoretical concerns are borne out in his artistic process, which marries the analog to the digital as deftly as it does the physical to the atmospheric. Hughes' work has been shown in over seventy group and solo exhibitions worldwide, as well as at the world's major international art fairs in Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New York.