Using Instagram as the contemporary version of an 18th century Claude glass, Clarke diligently roams the New Zealand landscape capturing sights, prospects and vistas in the manner of a Picturesque enthusiast. While experimenting with popular photo enhancement features and in all eagerness of good taste, she shares her trophies as proof of experience. Presented here are moments of pause within a journey through idyllic scenery, studded with family history.
The Claude glass; a small convex mirroring device also known as the black mirror, was used to aid Picturesque artists and tourists in framing and composition in the tradition of Claude Lorrain. It requires the user to turn their back on the landscape they depict, viewing it as a tinted, reduced reflection of the original.
Clarke is a photographic artist originally from New Zealand, and based in Berlin since 2009. Her current interests include the culture of collecting, landscape representation, the post-industrial picturesque, romanticism, local tourism and experience.