Kingston Floodwater Shani Mootoo
- Giclee print on cotton archival paper
- 21 × 31.5 inches
53.34 × 80.01 cm
Seeking to disrupt our conditioned view of the landscape, photographer Shani Mootoo focuses her lens on the troubled shoreline. In this image, taken in Kingston, Ontario, a gentle pattern of ripples is interrupted by the harsh textures of man-made materials - submerged steel bleeds rust into concrete. "Kingston Floodwater" is at once an abstracted image and statement about rising waters in this part of Ontario that impacted and changed the landscape. "As we travel through the land, we inevitably become tourists in our own land, not believing that we are "there" until we arrive at the beautiful, already vetted view we recognize from mass media. In my project, I have chosen to undo this by looking down, rather than off into the distance, to the touristic vistas that have been photographed and painted again and again." Shani Mootoo This framed image is from an edition of 8.