About T.Champion's Work
‘Seeing is believing’. When it comes to the fight for a more sustainable existence, it is no different. From the theory of evolution to the facts of climate change the general public has struggled to understand scientific language, leading to doubt. In order to begin to curb issues like climate change, it is necessary to stimulate public thought and reflection towards sustainable solutions.
Coming from a scientific and fine art photographic background, my work strives to translate scientific concepts into understanding using imagery as a bridge between the two.
Historically humans have stripped wild lands of their natural resources and left them barren. As knowledge evolves and adapts to a greater understanding of how fragile ecosystems work, conversations are happening about the best way forward to protect these areas while fulfilling the needs of the modern world. My imagery highlights ecosystems that need protection. It creates a more personal relationship between the viewer and subject, encouraging interest, compassion, and respect. This helps the viewer realize that there is an important connection to be made with the natural world. It conveys the idea that we no longer need to conquer the wilderness but allow it to be just that, wild.
A new genre of photography, conservation photography encompasses the traditional form of documenting visual stories along with adding in new forms of multimedia and video to showcase environmental issues to the public. As The Photo League of the 40’s came together to highlight the plight of the American worker, conservation photography is calling for a change in how we view our finite natural resources. Asking that we learn from the mistakes of the past to ensure a future for diversity.
As an artist who uses multiple mediums to create imagery, I call upon different tools to convey distinct ideas. The use of black and white analog techniques aid me in focusing attention on the strength, beauty and simplicity of our natural lands. Color serves to show the complexities of the ecosystems at work on the planet, which often mirror our own existence, humanizing the wild places I am trying to protect. Modern multimedia and video techniques allow me to communicate scientific facts to the viewer through a visual dialect. This breaks down the barrier between the scientist and the public, leading to better understanding. No matter the technique that I have deployed, the final work always carries with it the call to look deeper within the viewers’ own ideas and revaluate their role in this story.