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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 wit­nessed 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, a kind of de­tach­ment from re­al­ity that makes me feel re­al­ity even more in­tensely.”

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 come see this ex­hi­bi­tion, want­ing to re­visit and re-in­ter­pret the land­scapes you think you know, gaze at the in­cred­i­ble shapes, pat­terns and colours of our di­rect sur­round­ings, then per­haps ex­tend this straight for­ward 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?”

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

Artist GWENAEL Velge with his piece Ev­ery Daugh­ter Her Mother.

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