MURMURATION

This series comprises of seven images along the Catface Mountain Copper Mine access road - situated across from Tofino and within the Ahousaht Hahoulthee (traditional territory). Although the proposed mine is within a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, laws in BC do not prevent mining companies from staking claims within the zone. A road up the mountain has been constructed, along with cabins. Mining samples are strewn about. Imperial Metals legally own the rights to the copper deposits within the mountain, and even though there is immense protest against further development, it is still highly concerning that this ownership persists. The impacts on the land - beyond the overt and sickening visual aspects - would be potentially devastating. Tailings would almost certainly overflow into our waters. The justification for the proposal and inaction of immense geographical mutilations like the Catface Copper Mine are backwards and exploitative: they create jobs. But examining this process at a global level makes abundantly clear the short sighted and self serving process that is instead of diverting humanity’s path towards destruction, accelerating towards it. And this does not even begin to touch on the unapologetic disrespect to the original caretakers of the land, the blatant appropriation of said land, and the enforcement of homogenous colonial acts (including the commodification of natural resources) .


"I focused on the access road, now overgrown with alder, highlighting nature’s resurgence after human interference and the choices made collectively as a species that have led to this point (visualizing the previously mentioned road analogy, where humanity has chosen to accelerate towards destruction instead of turning away. This is that road. This is that future). Instead of destruction being at the forefront, I chose to present these images in a quiet, subdued manner, ethereal, liminal and ghostly. Initially, they may seem to chronicle traces of a past event, but what past? In relation to what future? What these photographs portray could be years down the line after we are all gone: our physical markings all that remain, though even these markings - these scars - are fleeting, fading back into the trees, into the soil. This is not a warning as much as it is simply reality, if things do not change."