anthropomorphic art

A significant proportion of the photography in this project can be described as "anthropomorphic art"

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'Kootji' is a mangrove tree snail depicted with values we humans see as more akin to a Starwars art than a marine creature. It's an illusion but it is also an photograph of a real tree snail.

A definition of anthropomorphism : the attribution of human characteristics to animals or non-living things...

What appears to be a large mouth is in fact just the 'foot' of the snail that would normally be spread out below the shell to attach it to a mangrove tree and to slide along the branches.

This website is dedicated to the creation of Wildlife Art in the 'Line of Sight - art meets science' photographic project and subsequent exhibitions.

The definitions of "Art" are many and argueable - I will choose one for the purpose of this discusion of Anthropomorphic Art...

..."Art": A non scientific branch of learning: one of the liberal arts." ref: The Free Dictionary by Farlex

Anthropomorphic Art is one of the earliest forms of art and there are comtemporary organizations and movements that have attached their works to the description.

This site deals with the creation of art from images of marine and coastal creatures from one of the world's most fascinating and immense pristine coastal environments...

...Australia's National Heritage listed Kimberley Coast.

Broome Australia wildlife art

What a mangrove tree snail normally looks like.

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Ro the mangrove tree snail...

...this is the same snail photographed as anthropomorphic art to appeal to the audiences emotional attachment to anything that looks like us - as humans.

Photography as anthropomorphic pictures may be the antithesis of what modern scientists need when they record, examine and represent marine life.

A scientist would be very unlikely to present the photograph in this anthropomorphic 'artistic' style...

Anthropmorphic photography is be seen by much of the scientific community as...

...'misleading' and therefore anathema to scientific truth process...

...but equally so, scientific and taxonomic photography of marine creatures, while being definitely more truthful - can be seen as...

...DIDACTIC...... and not very engaging.

Perhaps that's where we are at this point of human history whereby science can create greater certainties (truths) about humans' relationship with nature...

...but it is difficult to get the public to hear.

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Another A mangrove tree snail photographed to enhance its fantasy character appearance, such that we see the animal as 'like us' - as 'human'. As though it could speak, albeit in a Starwars movie. I believe there are scientists who would be happy for photographic artists to have a bit of fun with anthropomorphism in nature around traditional marine biology subjects.

Anthropomorphic art has been around for a long time, and now...

... with the recognition of the anthropocene epoch by some of the science community...

...it may be up to a new age of Anthropocene Artists, of which I consider myself to be an aspirant, to bring forth to the light of empirical truths one of Picasso's great thoughts...

Pablo Picasso said...

... "We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth"

The Line of Sight collection represented on this website is intentionally framed in the context of drawing attention to life on Australia's extraordinary Kimberley coast region with Fine Art Photography values and Anthropomorphic Art values in nature.

I would greatly value any comment from artists, scientists and the general public.

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For further information see other examples of anthropomorphism. gallery under construction

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