February 16th, 2013
Kupe Natural Gas Field (unmanned Wellhead Platform), Tasman Sea, 20th July 2012
Zealandia: Views from the Peak?
1 – 23 March 2013
McNAMARA GALLERY Photography, Whanganui
Reception with Peter Evans 5.30 pm Friday 1st March
A publication accompanies this exhibition
Click here to view earlier work by Peter
This exhibition tours to Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford from 3 – 26 May 2013
Zealandia: Views from the Peak? is an extensive photographic study, which documents the current oil and natural gas industry landscape of New Zealand. The discovery and wide use of oil and natural gas, which are essentially trapped remnants of ancient life forms, has transformed human society, enabling the insatiable growth of the industrialised world and has made a globalised society possible. It has become common knowledge that today for every three barrels of oil we consume, only one new barrel is discovered. Meanwhile the demand for oil and gas continues to grow. This is an unsustainable practice in the long-term and has led many to believe that we are at the peak of oil production, and that given oil is a finite resource, global oil reserves are approaching an age of terminal decline. This raises critical issues for the future of the economy, transportation and food production worldwide.
New Zealand is a mass of land that protrudes above sea level from an otherwise submerged continent known as Tasmantis or Zealandia. Zealandia is known to contain large amounts of oil and natural gas, some of which is already being exploited in the Taranaki region, whilst exploration in other areas of Zealandia are currently underway with more expected to be discovered.
The oil industry is a hot topic in New Zealand at the moment and presents highly political, economic and environmental issues, which will unfold over the coming years. My goal in photographing the oil industry is certainly not to attack the industry. That would be hypocritical as I like all other New Zealanders are dependent upon industry within the landscape. The purpose of this project is to document the current oil and natural gas landscape in New Zealand for contemporary contemplation and historical reference.
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