A park is an area of land, usually in a natural or semi-natural state, featuring planted greenery. It is a place set aside for human enjoyment and recreation.
Like a park, a salad is a human construct, made for enjoyment. Salad, a term derived from the Latin sal (salt), refers to the form salata, salted things or raw vegetables eaten in classical times by the Greeks and Romans with a dressing of oil, vinegar or salt. The natural elements of a park and of a salad give flavour, texture, and visual appeal. Both the park and the salad, markers of modern civilisation, are constructed to give us a sense of well-being and enjoyment, satisfying our desire for natural health and connecting us to nature.
SALAD, is a photographer’s study of the textures found in parks. It is a collection of 200 photographs taken in 24 parks across five countries. Close-ups, which are cropped as squares, the photographs recall the grids commonly used to plan parks. Collected over a span of five years, between 2013 and 2017, the collection emulates a scientific collection. Appropriating scientific fieldwork methods of collecting, ordering and identification, the collection of photographs systematically documents different natural spaces. Yet, in spite of the notations of each photograph, the photographs are decontextualised and open to interpretation—leaving the viewer to navigate, make connections and respond to the photographer’s attempt to make sense of our relationship to nature.