London College of Communication
MA Photography

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Minerva de Carvalho

Envisioning Absence

Envisioning Absence came out of my fascination with the virtual environments and representations of Earth offered by so called "virtual globes". A virtual globe is a detailed representation of Earth, generated automatically by the accumulation of satellite images; it is therefore an autonomous world. Building a relationship between the autonomy of the virtual globe with the idealisation of a world devoid of human presence, I position myself as an outsider to it and wander virtually, in search for landscapes. I make direct imprints from my screen of the landscapes I 'discover', and in so doing, explore contradictions between the digital and immaterial nature of these virtual representations with the gesture and materiality of the analogue photographic process.