Tsunami House - 2005
Tsunami House - South India - 2005
The Tsunami House photograph was made on New Years morn a few days after the Asian Tsunami hit South India on 26th December 2004. It is an image intended to work both literally and conceptually in what it communicates.
It acts as a documentary photograph showing the terrible devastation reaped by a Tsunami that killed 273,000 people. The photograph attempts to move beyond a simple depiction of natures violence and is intended to also serve as a visual metaphor for the fragility of our own human existence. The image depicts life and death in one frame and reminds us of our own immortality in that one day we will die but surrounding life continues, as it has done for millions of years. If we explore the image we see crows that mock from different points representing carrions of death, they are surrounded by a raped landscape in close proximity to a cruel sea. But if we look within the house we see new life as painted pots with flowers come to life against a wall of vibrant colour. In some aspects this photograph was influenced by the eight years Fisk lived and worked in India and his exposure to Hindusim. It refers to the Hindu belief of Samsara, the eternal cycle of repeated birth and death.