Q&A: Chris Round

03.01.18

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy?  Not really. Just trying to be a decent person, maybe looking after my body a bit more than I used to. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Why certain leaders had such short term vision and took no action to address serious climatic and evironmental carnage. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Just look around at the global corporations that run the world and the conspiracies are there for everyone to see. What is it that interests you about photography? It’s a creative tool that has myriad of ways in which it can be used. What is the worst thing about city life? Inconsiderate people. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Canadian Rockies. I want to plan a project that traces the path taken by a grand uncle of mine, a suspected British spy who emigrated there after WW2. He trekked the region and took many interesting photos in the Rockies area, before dying in rather suspicious circumstances. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Extraterrestrial life. It’s gotta be somewhere out there. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astrophysics. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Not many as I mostly plan my shots. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Making tea for the crew on the international space station. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Andreas Gursky, Aletsch Glacier. I remember seeing it in the Hayward Gallery in London alongside Jeff Wall lightboxes in the mid 90’s. The monumental scale and the drama and mood of it resonated.

How often do you take other people’s advice? When I think it’s actually constructive. Describe a personal hell. Being jailed for a crime you didn’t commit. Which living person do you most admire? My wife (corny I know). On what occasion do you lie? I maybe stretch the truth about how far I can run. What was the last crime you witnessed? A dickhead speeding in a bright yellow sports car. What is the best way to educate yourself? Try stuff, make mistakes and learn from them. What is the next book you want to read? Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – I’ve been meaning to read this for ages. Ultimate camera? 8×10 field camera if film costs weren’t so high. I’m planning on shooting 4×5 soon though. Or a PhaseOne. Most used camera? Pentax 67, closely followed by Mamiya 7ii. What object do you want? A big Alec Soth print. Or Gursky. Or Jeff Wall. Or… What object do you need? If I’m honest, nothing really. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? All the info you need – and much more that you don’t – in the palm of your hand. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Yeah, kinda. Describe a cheap thrill. Kicking a football into the top corner of a goal – reliving those childhood dreams of being in a World Cup final! Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The moon landing – hiding behind a large moon rock waiting to surprise them. Are impulses more important than consequences? Depends on the situation. Impulses can lead to great things. But in general life, don’t be stupidly impulsive because the consequences could be too great. Which talent would you most like to have? I’d love to be able to play the guitar What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Begin to get my head round a new body of work I started just after my mother’s recent sudden death. It’ll probably be a change of tack for me creatively. How it will progress is anyone’s guess.

These images are from the latest edit of Chris Round’s ongoing project concerning the Snowy Hydro Scheme and the Snowy Mountains region in NSW. The Scheme is widely regarded as the most ambitious industrial project in Australia’s history and is ultimately about humans re-shaping the environment to solve one of our most basic needs – that of water preservation. The system, created between 1949 and 1972, diverts water from the Snowy, Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee Rivers westward via a series of tunnels, aqueducts and reservoirs, through the Great Dividing Range for use in irrigation inland. In the process the water is used by power stations to create hydro electricity.

Because the Scheme is situated within Kosciusko National Park, this series is primarily an exploration of the balance between nature and man’s intervention upon it – the vast structures amongst epic landscapes, re-shaped waterways and newly created ones – but the Scheme is also a framework for the exploration of various aspects of life in the region – recreational activities, the local towns and residents, and also people connected with the Scheme.

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