name. Connor O'Sullivan
right now. Second year studying Philosophy at University of Edinburgh
Can you describe the moment you wanted to capture?
While thinking about the ‘natural green’ colour of this issue I was drawn to how the notion of nature and ‘the natural’ has changed. I feel that many, myself included, get this romantic idea of a natural world that is pristine, pure, and, most importantly, untouched. Although once true, this isn’t our world; our global society ravishes the natural world for everyday consumerism, our ice sheets are increasingly unstable, and we knowingly combust the fuel that is heating our ‘boiling frog’ reality.
This is nothing new, all this being widely reported, and we’re subject to a constant bombarding of the latest statistics: be it another species gone extinct, or yet another month breaking the ‘hottest month EVER’ on record. This information is not only commonplace, but has somehow also rendered us complacent. Though I’ve highlighted a pretty bleak outlook, the world keeps spinning as ever. But humans seem to have fundamentally changed what constitutes the ‘natural’. That’s something I wanted to incorporate for this submission, both a celebration of the romanticism that I hold, but also a nod to our subliminally knowing that it’s fake.
Where were you when you realised you wanted to make this piece of art?
In a lecture, obvs paying close attention to my education.
Were you listening to music when you created this piece?
Select tunes from Sylvian Esso, Billie Holliday, and Yeezy.
Where do you dream of living?
Grotty highrise apartment in Montmatre
What have you learnt since creating this piece?
Don’t sign up for 9 am tutorials/ Damien Chazelle did not disappoint with ‘La La Land’ and I wish I were Ryan Gosling
Can you describe the moment(s) you captured the photo(s)?
Two guys messing about with cameras in a tunnel during the early hours; a kind of parody opening scene for ‘Super 8’.
What does green remind you of?