Thaddeus Holownia: Sable Island
This work explores through the use of 7 × 17 inch color film the unique relationship of basic naturalistic elements on a remote and unique Maritime landscape. A crescent-shaped strip of sand off the southern coast of Nova Scotia, Sable Island was formed by the currents of the Labrador and the Belle Isle curving down from the Arctic and the Gulf Stream upwelling from the tropics. At once the subject of romantic legend and a world that has resolutely resisted domestication, Sable Island is one of the few places on earth where humans have been unable to assert their dominance. The ‘story’ Holownia’s Sable Island photographs gives us is not a symbolic one, but the prototype of a possible relationship with nature on nature’s terms, a pact involving respect and care rather than exploitation and contempt.