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Old October 13th, 2015, 11:31 AM
Jerome Marot Jerome Marot is offline
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Default Rafael Joras Dead End

From the web site of Rafael Joras

We are currently experiencing what some define as the sixth massive extinction, apparently, this time mainly due to human activity. The "Dead End" project highlights the likelihood of humans bringing natural evolution to a halt, leading to a future when many forms of wildlife will disappear from the surface of our planet, reduced to traces of what was but will never be again.

This project depicts an imagined future when the animals will have abandoned the surface of the Earth. Like the traces of a lost civilization, their presence may be confined to the interiors of museums. A series of photographs show the animals in a process of progressive confinement and oblivion, until all that remains are ghostly traces which seem to fade away. The first images show them roaming free in the buildings or in caged natural environments. Their seclusion increases, and little by little they are relegated to the depths of a warehouse. Looking proud and with a glint of life still sparkling in their eyes at the beginning, the animals start to show fear, despair and resignation. A group of deer dwell in what appear as the remains of the woods they once inhabited, now turned into a pile of cardboard boxes. Wild cats fight, monkeys screech while other animals patiently await a better future that will never come. A young wild boar falls asleep, or gently fades into death. At the end, animals find their way into alcohol filled jars, preserved and ignored forever; appearing more like ghosts of the animals they once were stamped on dusty scroll paper.

This project tells a story which may or may not happen. A dead end in natural evolution where the real losers are not the species that disappear but rather those that remain

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Old October 13th, 2015, 11:37 AM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
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This is a stunning find. Thank you.

Your presentation of this seminal work by Rafael Joras, "Dead End", on the extinction of wildlife is all the more pertinent to me today, as I just read a related occurrence. A major biological researcher discovered a never held before rare kingfisher and then killed it to preserve the rarely seen bird for posterity.


The moustached kingfisher
Photo: R.Moyle, courtesy the American Museum of Natural History

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