September 15, 2013

Lilliput: An Aerial Survey

I noticed recently that my close-up photographs of lichen on stone or rusted metal have the appearance of landscapes viewed from the air. This realization has inspired a new project, with the working title "Lilliput: An Aerial Survey".

Lilliput is the fictional island nation in Jonathan Swift's 1726 novel Gulliver's Travels  that is inhabited by tiny people about one-twelfth the height of ordinary humans. My project imagines what might be seen from the air if we revisited Lilliput, now uninhabited, nearly 300 years later.

The images in the project, presented as "Plates" from a scientific survey, will be close-up photographs of moss, lichen, stones, and such. They will show the forests, mountains, lakeshores, and desert landscapes on the island as they might be found viewed from above. The small mirrors the large, much as Swift's story of Lilliput was a reflection of European society at the time.

"Plate I" from "Lilliput: An Aerial Survey"