NATURAE

we are what we see
Alain Willlaume (1956, Saverne, France)

Echoes of Dust and Fracturing 

As part of the French-South African photographic mission Transition, Social Landscape project, Alain Willaume was invited to consider the implications of an impending programme of fracking by the Shell Company in the semi-arid Karoo area of South Africa. In response to an uncertain future he has conjured an evanescent metaphor for a haunted territory and for the suspicions and fears of the inhabitants he met randomly on the dirt roads. The pictures – whose rich mid-tones are, consciously, neither black or white – suggest the environmental threat of this burning issue, but in doing so they also preserve the infinite grace of this landscape, the fate of which is now held in abeyance.

© Alain Willaume from the series Echoes of Dust and Fracturing

© Alain Willaume from the series Echoes of Dust and Fracturing

© Alain Willaume from the series Echoes of Dust and Fracturing

© Alain Willaume from the series Echoes of Dust and Fracturing

© Alain Willaume from the series Echoes of Dust and Fracturing

© Alain Willaume from the series Echoes of Dust and Fracturing

© Alain Willaume from the series Echoes of Dust and Fracturing

© Alain Willaume from the series Echoes of Dust and Fracturing