Exhibition: Beauty – The Last Sinew by Chris Bell
Our ability to perceive quality in Nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive layers of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language
– Aldo Leopold
For the natural world it is last call! Every day we are closer to the point where our Earth cannot recover from our abuse. Through increasing urbanization we are becoming increasingly estranged from the natural world, un-engaged with the processes that sustain us. Through our relentless pursuit of self-interest we have largely severed the links we once had with our living Earth. If we cannot recover these links there is no future for humans.
My photography has always been about the beauty of the natural world and how it can uplift us. Enchant us. Restore us. The natural world ( in particular our landscapes ) partly define who we are as a culture; without it our lives are diminished; we all lose something. A country devoid of its natural landscapes is reduced to nothing more than soil; it is a country with an uninspiring, imprisoned future.
Despite the inroads of the modern world and our collective self-interested behavior, I believe beauty is a crucial value in itself. In our modern dysfunctional world the capacity to perceive and convey beauty may be one of the last sinews that enables us to connect with the living world – however superficial that connection may be. Beauty can enable us to uncover the deeper values “uncaptured by language”. What future a world without beauty?
This exhibition showcases the more intimate aspects of the natural world that I am now pursuing.