Phosphorescence examines public spaces, vernacular buildings, and industrial zones in the Republic of Nauru. Beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset, a sequence of 47 colour images presents a chronology of changing light values encountered close to the equator. Phosphate deposits formed by seabird guano once financed the world’s wealthiest welfare state for Nauru’s 10,000 inhabitants. But mining profits were dissipated and the landscape was left ravaged. Nauru now receives aid for operating refugee centres as part of Australia’s ‘Pacific Solution’ of sending asylum seekers to detention facilities on Pacific island nations.

WAX366, Glasgow / Fotohof edition, Salzburg 2014
ISBN 978-3-902993-08-3

See: Photographic Series, Phosphorescence #1 – #47