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