by Scott Hunter
The Entropy series examines the chemical reactions occurring in disused spoil tips from coal mining, exploring links between photography and industrial activities. Research reveals many metals found within extracted rocks are widely used in photography and printmaking.
Using iron oxide, a contaminant from coal mining, Scott adds copper sulphate, zinc, and sodium chloride into a photosensitive solution to investigate their chemical interactions and reactions onto paper. When mixed, a series of redox reactions occur as the metals oxidise and reduce simultaneously. As the liquids mingle and separate, the works simulate the unpredictability and complexity of earth processes in contaminated landscapes.
The artworks remain in flux, evolving through time as the chemicals respond to each other and atmospheric changes.
Scott Hunter is from Dunfermline. He explores environmental issues through the medium of photography.
Born and raised in the mining county of Fife, his current research interests include cultural landscapes affected by coastal erosion and soil contamination due to extractive activities. To recognise the harmful legacy of fossil fuels on the environment, he combines experimental photography with science and ecology to construct new representations of landscape.
Reimagining brownfield sites as places of possibility: Scott challenges preconceptions of wastelands as neglected sites by exploring the liminal space between ecological contamination and resurgence.
Nominated for the international Kyotographie KG+ Award in 2018, his imagery is influenced by Japanese aesthetics, adopting a subtle and contemplative aesthetic.
Scott is currently working on a photobook maquette of his fieldwork at the former Michael Colliery site in East Wemyss, Fife.
The FEUVA Student Award has encouraged him to explore alternative spaces to display the project in its entirety. He is planning to continue to study brownfield sites.