The Meteorite Hunter is an archive of a search for meteorites and the places they come from.
The work is based on the impulse to search for the ‘other’ within the everyday. Using the notion of the Meteorite as a metaphor for the fantastical hidden with in the everyday, the body of work is a document of a hunt to locate the ethereal and
sublime in the mundane and banal.
So often the familiar is overlooked in favour of the exotic as we crave to see and experience things that are strange and different to us. Sometimes the perception of something extraordinary or unusual lies within our control and the search for the otherworldly becomes an obsession where the reward is always out of reach.
The epitome of that is The Meteorite Hunter. Their job entails searching for a glimpse of a translunary guest, a clue to something that tells us more about who we are and where we come from.
As the hunter travels, so too does the Meteorite. In orbiting through space the rock exists as a Meteoroid. The journey becomes a signifier. Space; pointing to the ethereal and celestial and Earth; to the concrete and factual. The Meteorite Hunter becomes the guide between these two realms, anticipating and calculating the arrival of these specimens. The hunt sees them sift and wade through our earthly rubble, constantly casting aside the fantastic objects that exist all around us in favour of the celestial and otherworldly. Soon the artifacts that are collected along the way begin to cluster and multiply until there exists a vast archive of forms acting as evidence.
The work is presented in an archive form, asking the viewer to consider the relationship between the imagery. Playing on the ambiguity of the reality of the imagery, the work aims to cause a disruption in our presumptions about what we see and cause a reconsideration of our everyday. Using these ideas, the work aims to challenge our preconceptions of our surroundings and question the parallels between our own world and our imaginations.
One of these images is in fact a meteorite that has landed from space.
Alexandra Lethbridge (b.1987) is a photographer born in Hong Kong and based in the UK. She graduated from the University of Brighton with a Masters in Photography. Previous education has included Winchester School of Art and the International Center of Photography in New York.
Her work has been exhibited widely with an upcoming solo show in Portugal as part of Encontros de Imagem Festival, in China as part of Pingyao International Photography Festival and in India as part of Delhi Photo Festival.
In 2014, she was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award for her first publication, The Meteorite Hunter and was awarded the Professional Choice winner of the Danny Wilson Memorial Award in association with Brighton Photo Fringe.
Most recently, she has been selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 2015, as well as being selected as a winner for Flash Forward Magenta Foundation 2015 and a finalist in the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015.
In 2015, The Guardian recognized her as ‘a rising star of British photography’ with her work featuring in magazines and online publications such as HotShoe, Source, Der Grief, Photoworks, Self Publish Be Happy, Pik magazine, Float magazine, Introdex magazine, Wired Magazine, The Telegraph online and Wired Magazine.
Between working on personal projects and commissions, Alexandra also works for photography development agency, Photoworks.
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