Alex Bishop-Thorpe
Photographic Artist, Maker
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Helium balloons & elevated views

This project set out to investigating the horizon, the linear mechanical convention that underpins our understanding and representation of the world, first to distress and then to destroy it.
Planetshine incorporated four different balloon flights and three different cameras, each of which failed to achieve the original goal altitude of 15 kilometers - or significant altitude at all. One crash landed in a paddock and bothered a cow.
Through it's embrace of catastrphic failure, Planetshine became much more about the aspiration of flight and the performativity of the photographic process than the distressing of horizons.

As featured on The Thousands.