“Acts of homage and acts of witness, these photographs induce the requisite wonder and gratitude to spur a much-needed sense of accountability.“ – Los Angeles Times

12 Hz – the lowest sound threshold of human hearing – suggests imperceptible forces, from plate tectonics to the ocean tides, from cycles of growth and decay in the forest, to the incomprehensibility of geological spans of time. The photographs in Ron Jude’s „12 Hz“ allude to the ungraspable scale and veiled mechanics of these phenomena, while acknowledging a desire to gain a broader perspective, beyond the human enterprise, in a time of ecological and political crisis.

“12 Hz“ consists of images of lava tubes and flows, tidal currents, glacial ice and welded tuff formations: pictures describing the raw materials of the planet, those that make organic life possible. The images were made in multiple locations – from the high lava plains, gorges and caves in the state of Oregon, to the glaciers of Iceland and lava flows of Kilauea in Hawaii.

Jude’s photographs do not attempt to tell us how to live or what we have done wrong, nor do they reduce the landscape to something sentimental, tame and possessable. Rather, they endeavour to describe and reckon with forces in our physical world that operate independently of anthropocentric experience. The photographs in 12 Hz work in service to a simple premise: that change is constant, whether we are able to perceive it or not. By stepping back to look at the larger system of flux – of which we are only a small part – this body of work evokes us to find our own pulse, as it were, and assert an appropriately scaled sense of being within the hierarchy of this system.


“Known and Strange Things Pass is about the deep and complex entanglement of technology with contemporary life. It’s about the immediacy of touch and the commonplace miracle of action at a distance; the porosity of the boundaries that hold things apart, and the fragility of the bonds that lock them together.“

– Eugenie Shinkle, 1000 Words Magazine

The transatlantic communications link between Great Britain and North America, the thin fiber optic lines of the deep-sea cable through which most of our daily data communication flows, and the places where these cables make landfall on both sides of the Atlantic, become threads in a web of analogies in the new work of British photographer Andy Sewell. “Looking at these vast unknowable entities – the ocean and the internet – we sense their strangeness. We can understand each conceptually but can only ever see or bump into small bits of them.”

The series combines technology studies and landscape images taken along the English and American coasts, it is edited in repetitive sequences and becomes an analogy of our modern life: “Things in different spatial or temporal phases intertwine and coexist. Worlds we think of as separate bleed into each other – the near and the distant, the ocean and the internet, the physical and the virtual, what we think of as the natural with the cultural and the technological.”

Andy Sewell continues in saying: “Many of the problems we face now seem linked to ways of describing the world that insists on rigid boundaries and fixed identities. The work explores the entanglement we find if we look beyond these assumptions and go in search of connection, in search of lines that communicate between here and there, between surface and the deep.”

Andy Sewell, born 1978, lives and works in London. His work is exhibited internationally and can be found in important collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Columbia University Art Collection, New York or the MAST Foundation, Bologna. His first book, “The Heath”, received the International Photobook Award in 2012. The book accompanying this exhibition, “Known and Strange Things Pass”, is published by Skinnerboox.


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