During his time living in Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park in March 2012, photographer Daniel Kukla created his series The Edge Effect. Each image features a juxtaposition between different ecosystems, created by photographing large square mirrors propped on easels to reveal both what Kukla could see before him and the landscape behind him. The photographer, who has a background in the biological and anthropological sciences, aimed to document the environment he experienced on his drives and hikes: the images are provocative, intended to highlight social, political and ecological issues. The reflections featured in the compositions almost look like surreal paintings, revealing abstract yet natural interactions in the environment.
The Tower of London Remembers project.
Between the 17th of July and the 11th of November 2014, one hundred years after the breakout of the First World War, the Tower of London’s moat was filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies. The installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was created in commemoration of the war, each poppy representing a British military fatality. Artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper designed the piece with the intention of it reflecting the significance of the occasion– its size corresponding to its considered importance. The piece functioned as a site where spectators could have personal reflection and pay their respects whilst also being an impressive visual display. Each of the poppies were created using the techniques of potters from the period of the First World War, and were sold following the closing of the display in order to raise money for service charities. 5 million people traveled from around the world to support the beautiful and incredibly moving exhibit.