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Shadow Places: an Anthropocene visual essay

Shadow Places: an Anthropocene visual essay

Above A creek on Chidna Station near the abandoned Mount Oxide mine, Queensland. Photo courtesy of Vernon Spreadborough. Image: Vernon Spreadborough

Cameron Muir’s photographic essay uses images to explore Val Plumwood’s concept of “shadow places”. These are the physical sites of exploitation, pollution, and degradation that are the price we pay for desirable commodities and lifestyles in other parts of the world. The article exposes the webs of mobility and connectivity that link everyone and everywhere to these shadow places in the Anthropocene.

Fifty Shades of Shadow Places: A Photographic Essay

Published in: “Visions of Australia: Environments in History,” edited by Christof Mauch, Ruth Morgan, and Emily O’Gorman. RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2017, no. 2, 107–13. doi.org/10.5282/rcc/7914.

Photo essay
Photo essay