"LIVE IN THE SUNSHINE, SWIM THE SEA,
DRINK THE WILD AIR'S SALUBRITY."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from The COnduct of LIfe (1860)
Philip Jessup’s body of work reflects decades of professional activity advocating low carbon economies in world cities. This includes his home base Toronto where he served as executive director of the City’s climate agency for nine years. Realizing that photography can deepen public awareness of climate threats to the planet, since 2007 he is has documented the beauty and fragility of significant landscapes that we can save if we take the right steps. He is currently focussed on significant coastal marshlands and barrier islands.
Phil has exhibited his work in Toronto, Montréal, London, U.K., Washington DC, Louisville, and New Orleans. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London recently selected his large cibachrome print, Flooded Tree (2005), for its retrospective, Into the Woods: Trees in Photography. The V&A and several international corporations collect his work. He won a Bronze Medal for an image, Snake Grass, at the Royal Photographic Society’s 148th International Competition in 2005.
Jessup is drawn to nature’s chaos as a mirror reflecting our own lives and society. Climate change makes the connection more real than ever because natural landscapes – and the communities that depend on them – are beginning to vanish before our eyes. Trying to make sense of it all, he probes natural landscapes to try to find some visual meaning in the disruptive change occurring around us.
Visit his new blog, GAZE: LANDSCAPE INTO PHOTOGRAPHY, which explores our relationship with nature as expressed through painting and photography over the ages.