In October 2016, I travelled to Iqaluit, Nunavut for the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Conference, and I was asked to run a workshop on the final day of the conference. We used image theatre techniques to created images from and for the community within and around their high school. Many were survivors of suicide or socially engaged community members and shared so much of their struggles and hopes for their community.
In 2018, I revisited these co-created images and the landscape photography I was exploring while in Iqaluit and created four new works: three 3D-rendered environments and a virtual reality landscape experience. These works were created at the same time I was creating the "Otherwise" series and share much of the visual language and style, yet they allowed me to explore separate themes. While the "Otherwise" series dealt with illness, recovery, and healing, the Iqaluit series focused more on the relationship between the land and the people that live there, their lives in relation to this unique landscape. This is why the images took the super-panoramic aspect ratio to convey the land itself as a force, a home, and a site of spirituality.
Below is a selection of the landscape documentation photography I was taking as I was reflecting and creating the content for the workshop