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The Shape of Space
from inside the cave

In residence, in the schoolroom, in the Schoolhouse Gallery my studies responding to Hasting Caves continue. 

How do you take pictures of space?

It's the edges of space that draw my attention  

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deep into time

deep into space

going back

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Photography by Ilona Schneider

The Story of the Rock

Mapping the story of the approx. 700 million year old dolomite rock on an 8 metre  timeline.        

I metre = 100 million years. 

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In the belly of the beast – in the womb of the mother. The

cave takes on immortal proportions but I know it isn’t

immortal – even if it acts like it – even if it’s old beyond my

comprehension. I’ve explored the arc of its existence. Its

story begins with the rock – a miracle creation made of little

crystals and algae laid down and compressed in shallow

warm seas – the rock travelled this planet from north to

south and is now heading north again – in constant

transformation – cavities continually emptying and filling –

and now the rock’s belly is growing crystal made from the

stuff of its eaten-away and broken body.

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Photography by Ilona Schneider

Thank you

 Correspondence exhibition collaborators - Christl Berg & Marinelle Basson 
Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny - Sarah Bishop 
Geomorphologist from the University of Tasmania - Chris Sharples

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