In essence Waterworld is intended to be a visual allegory, to be viewed and interpreted possibly in the same way the nightmarish painting ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch was in the 1500’s. This enigmatic triptych, loaded with well know symbols and codic moments presented in its time a clear moral message. More recently Leonardo Di Caprio used this painting in his environmentally focused film ‘Before The Flood’ to emphasize how humanity today is charged with a huge moral responsibility to conserve and protect our planet, save we unleash upon ourselves the same nightmare depicted in the third panel of Bosch’s painting.

Waterworld is a statement referenced to the worlds polluted waterways, and intends to prompt us to consider the moral and environmental consequences of mangrove habitat loss, continued fouling of the worlds oceans and rivers.

My approach is to seek out anomalies within these environments which when viewed through the carefully selected lens (I have chosen one focal length for the entire project- NO PHOTOSHOP RETOUCHING) result in a warped sense of scale and my intention is to create the illusion that we are witness to a medieval world reminiscent of a Tolkien novel. A depleted world where robed tribes fight for survival.

By looking at reality I’m creating the illusion of an imaginary world, where it’s characters are immersed in a struggle for survival, as the ‘inundated realm’ they inhabit threatens their survival. Within this liquid morass the ‘tribes’ constantly wander in pursuit of a better, dryer life. In tandem to this they quarrel. There are wars! There is struggle. Ultimately I'm using the innocuous mangrove and focusing on the incongruity of form to drive the message that humanity could end up in a lawless, much depleted terrifying world if we continue on our current trajectory of environmental destruction.


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The Blue Abyss
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Black Mud Taketh Away

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Mount Cherusci & Lake Seneca
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Black Delta
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Ogon Buriel #1

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Ogon Buriel #2
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Mud Dragons
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Warlok #1

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Warlok #2
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Warlok #4
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Aftermath of Seiche

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Lost Togan Mother with Child
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The Barbrian Trenches
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The Badlandia Steppes

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Sinkhole. The Badlandia Steppes
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Plains of Vileness #1
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Plains of Vileness #2

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Plains of Vileness #4 Lake Slime
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Labyrinth of Carcinus
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The Dark Valley #1

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The Dark Valley #2
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Togan Masses
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Togan refugees crawl forth hoping to find dryer terrain

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Quagsire Chief
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Auks
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Togan Spy

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Quagsire Women
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The Battle of Ojah Delta #1
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The Battle of Ojah Delta #2

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Towers of Toxicity #1
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Towers of Toxicity #2
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Towers of Toxicity #3

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Toxcity Boradcast Tower (defunct)
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The Soggdland Army #1
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Soggdland #2

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Soggdland #3
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The Crucifix
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The God Idol STYRACIFLUA

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The Fountain of Pity
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The Civic Centre
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Phanagoria # 1

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Allejan Vallis
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Allejan Vallis
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Allejan Vallis

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Ojah Delta
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Togan Clan
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Toganite Militia #1

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Toganite Militia #2
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Gorge of 1000 Serpents
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Swamped Souls

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The Trans-Soggland Pipeline
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Robed Boglandian Pilgrims
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Ravaged Ridge

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Grim Peaks
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Boglandian Pilgrims beside Lake Agassiz #2
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Boglandian Pilgrims beside Lake Agassiz #3

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Boglandian Pilgrims beside Lake Agassiz #5
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Vindhya Bridge besdies Lake Agassiz.
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Lake Agassiz

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