NOA

The question of the beauty of the landscape is one of the classical points of controversy in the visual arts. The British photographer Emma Livingston has developed her own approach with which she faces this question. The photographs of the “NOA” series she produced between 2005 and 2007, which are concerned with the character of the stony-inhospitable environment in northwestern Argentina, seem unusually flat and mono- chromatic. The peculiar perspective eschews the genre-immanent horizon line and directs the focus instead from the landscape form to the mineral-rich material of the ground. The use of light in her photographs also consciously does without drama. The camera registers almost coolly the breathtaking color gradients that have developed in the millennia-long interaction among wind, sun, and aridity. This also discreetly takes up the theme of the photographic glance’s ephemerality in the face of natural forces: what does the moment count for in the face of eternity?

— Kito Nedo