Rethink your reality at Willagee photographer’s exhibition


Photographer Gwenael Velge takes pictures from his paraglider.
Picture: Jon Hewson d474021
Photographer Gwenael Velge takes pictures from his paraglider. Picture: Jon Hewson d474021

GWENAEL Velge takes his photographic skills to new heights-literally.

The Willagee photographer takes his camera to the skies, relying on his paraglider to help him snap angles of Fremantle, Perth and surrounds that few have ever seen before.

“My father flew and I have been flying with him since I was a baby and on my own since I was 11 years old,” he said.

“I am obsessed with parallax (the difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight) and 3D movement through space.

“Flying, especially flying with others, is the best way to really feel this ‘ungrounded’ smooth and effortless change of perspective.”

In his latest PS Art Space exhibition 1:81 Simulation, Simulacra, Sisyphus, Velge has united his photographic skills with his obsession for exploring what it means to be human.

He said he wanted his photographs to change how a person understood the landscapes he snapped.

“I have used and furthered this shift in perspective by framing it with three philosophical propositions: Nick Bostrom’s simulation theory, Baudrillard’s postmodernity and Camus’ existentialism, as well as the creation of five installations that converse with the photographs,” he said.

“There are many reasons to see this exhibition, wanting to revisit and reinterpret the landscapes you think you know, gaze at the incredible shapes, patterns and colours of our direct surroundings, then perhaps extend this straightforward witnessing to ask deeper questions.

“Could it be that we in fact live in simulation or that the world we think we know hardly has any relationship to any real truth?

“Answering these questions for certain is impossible and isn’t the point of this exhibition, but it is nonetheless important to ponder what is in fact essential if the solidity of the taken for granted dissolves, for us as individuals but also as members of the many communities we make up and belong to.”

1:81 Simulation, Simulacra, Sisyphus is at the PS Art Space from October 7 to 20.