By Rosie Shorten, MFA Fine Art Student
Reopening after a two year refurbishment, just in time for its 50th anniversary, the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank is host to a spectacular retrospective of the German photographer Andreas Gursky.
The exhibition begins with works from the 1980s which focus on the interaction between humans and nature. By showing the wider surroundings, he believed that then he could portray man’s true position in, and interaction with, nature. For example in Dolomites 1987 (image above), the mist covers the mountains, and then emerging, as if floating in mid air, is a tiny red cable car. The huge scale of these photographs emphasises the vastness of the landscape, and the power of nature. This contrasted with a small figure or man made object serves to show how small we really are, though we may sometimes feel that we are in control. Our power is diminished and in turn perhaps our impact on the natural world is diminished.