Flotsam 
Images by Adam Goodison




We find ourselves in a world in which the manmade has usurped the natural. For so long, nature has found a way to accommodate us — but — with our roles reversed, can we accommodate nature? Adam Goodison’s remarkable new photography series attempts to capture our fraught and ever-changing relationship with our environment.

Seeking a change from commercial and editorial commissions, Goodison recruited set designer Louis Gibson and embarked on his project in the summer of 2016. “I approached Louis to help work on this series I’d been thinking about and researching, which was not so much about how we were at odds with our planet, but how nature is incorporating itself into this strange new world and struggling to thrive and coexist in it.” The true genesis of the series, however, came from a lifetime of observation: “As an individual who has grown up in this new world, one begins to see the impact that we have on it on a daily basis, how products are manufactured with excessive waste... yet, with all this going on, the world has to find a way to thrive and to continue living.”




Initially, Goodison utilised synthetic packaging to provide homes for flowers and other vegetation. The ephemera of everyday life was cleverly inverted to coexist with flora and fauna, but soon the project took on a larger significance. Goodison explains: “as the series grew, we began to broaden the materials used, moving from types of packaging to discarded waste, car parts, computer components and parts of machinery — it became more about man’s impact in general stemming through all of our processes from creation to consumption and eventually disposal.”

Shot entirely in London with the support of the Park Royal Studios, Goodison concluded the project in June 2017. By the end, his work had revealed not only a constantly-shifting dynamic between the artificial and the natural, but the fundamental strength of living things in the face of their inevitable decay. “Of course, the cycle is such that the moment something comes into being, it faces death — the only sure thing is that it will die. However, the natural world faces a resilience to death and to change — when the cycle comes to an end, or when the surroundings alter, nature faces death with a certain strength and determination to go on anew. Hopefully, we have captured the beauty of this through the project.”


Adam is a London based art and still life photographer. For more information visit adamgoodisonphotography.com





This feature was first published in Issue Two of SATORI. To explore issue one further click here.

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