Desirée Patterson wins Georgia Straight and Capture Photography Festival Canada Line station Competition with circular climate-change images

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      Vancouver photographic artist and environmentalist Desirée Patterson has won the Georgia Straight and Capture Photography Festival Canada Line Station Competition.

      Her winning photographic series, chosen by the public from a juried shortlist, will be installed on the façade of the King Edward Canada Line Station for six months, from April to September this year, in collaboration with InTransit BC.

      She’ll also see her work featured on the Capture website and in 8,000 copies of the 2019 Capture Magazine, as well as receiving a $600 fee.

      For Patterson’s series, “Anthropocene; The Present I” (shown here), she lensed industrialized landscapes both locally and globally, later manipulating the images into circular forms, suggesting cataclysm and human destruction of the natural environment.

      Of the series, the artist states, "There is an unavoidable loneliness within this series, as each macrocosm floats in a space of uncertainty. The circular images feed into themselves like an ouroboros, symbolizing introspection, and the infinite cycle of creation and destruction. The earth has seen geological rebirths, but it has never been faced with this type of crisis. The intention of this photographic series is to bring to light and acknowledge the pernicious impact of our species, and to prompt a need for change."

      Last year's winner was Vancouver artist and outdoors lover Tomas Jirku, whose radiant landscapes caught readers' imaginations.

      Capture Photography Festival, Western Canada’s largest celebration of lens-based art, runs throughout Metro Vancouver from April 3 to 30.