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Jökull, Upala and Salt

Words & Photography: Maegan Brown


Jökull is a photographic journey to unearth the etherial and barren lands of Iceland. From distorting heights, Brown amplifies the geothermal terrain and breathtaking glacial rivers, questioning scale and familiarity. The artist isolates minimal compositions, inviting open interpretation and giving us another perspective of this vast and invigorating planet.

Upala is an elegant photographic exploration, inspired by Brown’s Icelandic pilgrimage. With new eyes the artist observes regions of Victoria, Australia — specifically the Ballarat Mine Site. Upala invites you to look closer at the infinite and stark territory. Captured from an intriguing summit, this abstract series offers stillness and a chance to meditate on Australia’s land, place and inhabitation.

Salt — Brown’s most recent series, captures both the dark abyss and soft vividness of mysterious salt lakes, found in Southern Victoria, Australia. Taken from above, the artist uncovers the landscape’s awe by focusing on augmented shadows and reflections cast from aerial clouds. The cracked salt and sediment inspire a comparison to a moonlike terrain, whilst evoking a celestial and ghostly feeling.

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