The Mountains of the Moon is an ancient name for a mountain range that most likely never existed. In this instance the name refers to another fictional state, namely our perception of wildlife and the natural world.
For almost the entirety of homo sapiens brief tenure on earth, we have been intimately and directly connected to our landscape and its flora and fauna, sitting squarely in the middle of the food chain. Then, around 10,000 years ago, ( in the blink of an evolutionary eye ) humans began to farm and multiplied exponentially from a population of just ten million to almost eight billion today.
Before the agricultural revolution, wild animals made up over nighty nine percent of mammals, with humans making up less than just one.
Today we have multiplied to thirty six percent, our captive farmed animals now constitute a staggering seventy percent with wildlife drastically reduced to just four percent. Earth’s remaining pristine wilderness untouched by human activity is approximately three percent.
Our perception is that ‘wildlife’ happens elsewhere, in far-off lands, on nature documentaries, or caged and displayed for us in zoos and safari parks. It is secondary, expendable, and commoditised. We are no longer connected to nature and our perception of the natural world bears little resemblance to reality. These images reflect this fictional narrative by using natural history specimens ; themselves a human construct, adding layers, altering and exaggerating colours to highlight the artificial and fictional nature of what we are seeing.
The Orangutans (150 × 100 cm; C–type)
The Gibbons (150 × 100 cm; C–type)
The Kudus (150 × 100 cm; C–type)
The Birds (150 × 100 cm; C–type)
The Manatee (150 × 100 cm; C–type)