The Light Collective, a group of Australian based fine art photographers who have come together to push their creative boundaries, are working on their next big project.
BLACK AND BLUE: Coral or Coal is an artistic and symbolic exploration of the modern relationship between the extraction and consumption of old world resources (fossil fuels) and the well-being of one of our world’s great natural ecosystems.
With the second chapter of the ongoing RGB (Red, Green Blue) Project, The Light Collective initially set out to capture the immense beauty and grandeur of the largest living structure on earth and one of the great natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef – a global icon of the purest blue.
However, the reef has suffered a catastrophic loss in recent years from recurring bleaching events caused by rising sea temperatures, and after deeper discussion, the members of the collective felt it almost socially irresponsible not to address this.
They have chosen the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent coal mining industry as symbols for this larger global conversation in order to ask an important question: Can we find a sustainable balance between these highly valued resources? Can they co-exist?
The Light Collective are passionate about the conservation of wild places and are happy to use their artistic abilities to bring awareness, thought, and inspire action towards more sustainable management of our energy needs and the protection of our unique natural ecosystems. Their intention is not to point fingers, but to create meaningful conversation, bring deeper awareness, and motivate responsible action and accountability in an important time in our earth's natural history.
In order to help bring greater awareness of the issues at play, The Light Collective have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help being a fine art book to life.
Exclusively printed on carbon neutral and sustainably sourced paper by Sydney’s Momento Pro, it will be printed on an Indigo 6 colour printing press for more vibrant, richer colours and deeper blacks and be over 90 pages.
10% of the total sales during this Campaign are donated directly to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.