About the Book
...the largest photosensitive emulsion we know of is the planet earth. As vegetation grows, dies back, changes colour with the seasons, the “photographic image” that is our planet alters. Increasingly human intervention plays a larger role in transforming the image of the globe we inhabit.
The work acts as witness to the green spirit within the earth that overcomes a grey ghost. The macro becomes micro and visa versa, forbidding monotones are replaced with subtlety of texture and colour, simplicity is replaced with complexity. Paradoxically, both order and chaos is found in ash and regenerated emerald bush.
Lloyd Godman has an MFA from RMIT University Melbourne (1999) and has had over 45 solo exhibitions and been included in more than 250 group exhibitions. He established and was head of the photo section at the School of Art Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand for 20 years before moving to Melbourne in 2005. This series of books traces the evolution of the artist’s practice from traditional photographic techniques through to his innovative suspended rotating living air plant sculptures. Through parallel practices as artist and organic gardener, and making a connection between photosynthesis and the role of light in photographic practice, Lloyd Godman presents living plants as ‘super-sustainable’ sculptures. There is a strong environmental thread that binds his diverse oeuvre then opens a portal to conceive the planet as a 'giant living abstract photograph' with a consequential shift from environmental art as comment to environmental activism.