• Sylmar, Los Angeles, from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

  • The LA River, from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

  • Downtown LA, from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

  • Palm Springs, from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

  • Regrowth, LA, from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

  • Regrowth, LA , from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

  • Diesel was here, California, from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

  • Boat no more, California, from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

  • The Salton Sea, from the series Passage. © Red Rotkopf

Showcase: Red Rotkopf

Recent Photoworks Award runner up, 2016 LCC photography graduate, Red Rotkopf's 'Passage' series investigates the sense of exhaustion in the Californian landscape.

Passage

I have been working on this project for over 5 years now which includes places and subjects from around the world. Through my continual photographic process I am trying to reflect our relationship to the natural environment and our current cultural condition in the 21st century.

My imagery serves as a prophetic reminder that we are heading towards a self-induced crash or apocalypse; a time where our civilisation will grind to a halt due to our depletion of finite resources.

This specific series corresponds to the drought in California which I investigated during a 3 week road trip in December 2015. I was intrigued by the sense of depletion in the environment and the over-manipulation of the land in the American West.

In the absence of man, nature creeps back into the landscape, providing a sense of hope in an age where the natural world seems to be disappearing.

See here for more of Red’s work.

'Untitled' from the series Single Saudi Women. © Wasma Mansour.
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