Joshua Garland’s research project, Framing Nature: Image Construction, Diffusion and Reception within the Environmental and Climate Movement involved a visual content analysis of environmental and climate movement imagery.
This project explored the possible avenues through which a visual re-imagining and framing of human-Nature relations may extend beyond a mutually destructive relationship to one where interwoven agencies are realised within the non-human. This represented a novel idea focused specifically on images within the cultural reproduction of Nature and society, and the implications of current visualisations and imaginations around this relationship. Do they, for instance, reproduce the long-standing Western/Eurocentric construction of Nature as ‘landscape’ which narrows the scope for valuing and interacting with the non-human beyond the appreciation of its visual beauty or exploitability as a resource; rendering it as a passive, neutral object? Or, are alternative interactions and identities explored within these visuals as part of a challenge towards existing value structures and understandings of Nature and society’s relation to it?