The photo project in this gallery is by Gary Sauer-Thompson. It explores photography in the Anthropocene representing ‘our times’. As a contemporary art photography holds its gaze on present time so as to perceive not just its light, but rather its darkness. This idea of untimeliness refers back to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Untimely Meditations (1873–1876), which are rightly cited as identifying the apparently paradoxical proposition that those who are “truly contemporary, truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands”.
The initial step in the project took the form of a Tumblr blog entitled fait accompli, which started with photographs made in New Zealand. The gallery shows the second movement of the project: a sense of contemporaneity as the perception of spreading darkness through photographs made in Australia.