Skin of the Earth by Pam Jenks

Anyone that has been following the oopoomoo Creatives or the League of Landscape Photographer’s Facebook feed will be familiar with Pam Jenks‘ “Skin of the Earth” project. But for those not familiar with her novel take on landscapes then check out her project description and images below. By the way, several of Pam’s images from the project appeared in League Issue 1 and Pam’s work received the following praise from Freeman Patterson: “I cannot express how affected I am by Pam Jenks’ two images (pp.9-11) other than to say that I am deeply moved by them.” Wow! Congratulations Pam on finely crafted work.

©Pam Jenks

Skin of the Earth

Skin is defined as “the thin layer of tissue forming the natural outer covering of the body”.  Like human skin, the outer layer of the earth is delicate yet resilient; it is easily damaged but can repair itself with time; it has different colours and textures depending on the location and time of the year; it can be smooth, rough, scaly, bumpy or hairy.  My project explores the details and textures of the “Skin of the Earth” and the impact people can have on this delicate layer.  Some of the photos were taken in protected areas and the landscape appears unblemished.  In others, there is a small but visible human scar such as a hiking trail; a subtle reminder of how much worse the impact could be if people are not wary of where they walk.  In the extreme examples, the skin has been permanently damaged such as in a quarry, mine or road cut.  These are the cases where the earth will likely not be able to heal itself.

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

©Pam Jenks

To see how we have integrated Pam’s “Skin of the Earth” project with Samantha’s “Pressed Landscapes” project and my “Artography” project please visit our Pressed, Pinned and Pinned project page. Stay tuned for our print exhibition in 2018.

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