The Big Issue : Edition 528
THE BIG ISSUE 13 – 26 JAN 2017 27 at times to identify what it is you are seeing. The earth and water become something far more ambiguous. “It’s not a literal, traditional landscape project,” says Paul Hoelen. “It’s not about documenting a place, it’s about interpreting a place and allowing ourselves the freedom to do that however we want to.” While this intention is clear in the title Interpretations from the Air, it’s also in the deliberate omission of the horizon from any of the shots in the book. It stops the viewer from being able to gauge just how much space is really being pictured, ranging anywhere from a few hundred metres to kilometres of land in a single image. This beautiful mesh of photography and art allows for a unique experience of our landscape, offering Australians a connection to the land based not just on discernible landmarks, but also on a more abstract level through its vivid colours, shapes and textures. Most Australians cloister around the metropolitan hubs that play host to a lot of our country’s art and culture. Through these images we are given something different: an artistic connection to the natural vistas that are so uniquely Australian. The chance to gain a new perspective of home. by Liam Harding » Interpretations from the Air is available at thelightcollective.com.au. Black Eye Gallery in Sydney will be hosting an exhibition of these images, 10-29 Jan.