“Abundantia” as the divine personification of abundance and prosperity is portrayed to explore the contrasting concepts of sustainability and consumption. Here the goddess is seated in a position of grotesque opulence, framed by the spoils of gluttonous over-consumption, the imagery, colours and composition drawn from mythological paintings and historical visions. Magnificent relics and symbols of past prosperity find themselves cast aside and forsaken by unconscious greed and materialism. The goddess looks on amid debris in the aftermath, her gaze a beautiful and unsettling question. In exploring photography and its relationship with reality the image has not been composed with digitally manipulation and is rather a result of techniques such as light painting. Many of the set items were a direct result of consumption in the real world salvaged from market waste in Melbourne, Australia, while others were carefully collected from antique and second hand shops in and around the city. The image aims to bring our reality into a fantastic depiction, where questions and critiques on sustainability and consumption, and therefore the environment come to us almost by surprise, through a dark and dreamy narrative.
Behind the scenes of Abundantia filmed in a Melbourne warehouse in Australia.