Fauna No.1, The King of Kong
"The Mountains of Kong appeared on the finest maps of the world for over a hundred years. First 'discovered' by Scottish explorer Mungo Park in 1798, they ran from Guinea in West Africa and continued eastwards connecting to the (also fictitious) Mountains of the Moon. During the following hundred years explorers returned with wild tales of an impassible mountain range, 'pink, snow capped, flowing with gold' and teeming with strange exotic animals. Finally, in 1889, French explorer Louis Binger returned from his expedition and burst the bubble: they simply did not exist.
Breathing fresh life into the myth, these photographic compositions explore what creatures could have lived in this mythical natural world, where no boundaries limit the abundance of nature and the natural rhythm of animals to live together, much like the reclaiming of cities we have seen by animals around the world over the last few months.
With sea pollution and ravaged landscapes showing signs of recovery around the world, these images implore us to find permanent solutions to human pollution and destruction by rejoicing in the wonders and the potential of our planet.
In their beauty, myriad colours and bountiful life, these photographs highlight the significance of nature to human life and wellbeing and the enormous benefits and possibilities when we live in respectful harmony with our surroundings. These images suggest hope for a world that does not need to exist only in the imagination and one in which we can revel in and cherish the marvels of the natural world."