Sea Urchin: Diptych for a post-natural world. On the right, an image of a three-dimensional print of a Sea Urchin, stripped of any reality. On the left, is a computer-generated map of the photographs that the software requires to allow the viewer a realistic perception of the object. It is aimed at questioning the empirical role of collecting objects from the natural world and the impact that this has had on the human-nature divide, and our relationship with a nature that no longer exists.
Gregor Is a PhD candidate and sessional academic at Curtin University, prior to this he worked extensively in the photographic industry in London with leading photographers and digital designers. It is here that he became interested in the potential for combining emerging technologies with the photographic image, his photographic practice explores the changing role of the image as digital technology alters our perceptual experience of photography.
Currently his research is examining the creative potential of digital photogrammetry, a process that is used for mapping surfaces by stitching multiple overlapping photographs to generate three-dimensional objects. Thus, creating a body of work that investigates how emergent (visual) representational technologies may provide new insights into the perception of an increasingly digitised world. Specifically, by generating digital artefacts for a post natural world, examining our anthropocentric need to collect and catalogue the world around us, a world that increasingly no longer exists. Thereby questioning the role that the camera has played in creating a visual inventory, informing our perception of the environment whilst exacerbating the human/nature divide.
Gregor’s practice aims to articulate aspects of the Anthropocene in ways that sit outside of scientific and mass-mediated discourse. The photographic prints represent both the beginning of the era of the technical image (Flusser, 1985) and how digital technologies can potentially alter our perception of the photographic image from a depiction of reality into the projection of a concept.