A Denuded Earth


An interview with Evan Hancock

“7th February 2009 saw the mercury rise to 46.4ºC in Melbourne. With this and the previous 7 years of drought came uncertainty and the most intense firestorm Victoria had encountered on record and one that was so intense it created its own weather pattern…”

Evan Hancock won our theme THE FACE OF THE EARTH with a landscape image quite unlike any other we’ve seen – vast swathes of barren vegetation, captured in black and white in such a way that it appeared inverted. It was a striking shot that our judge Nick Brandt described as a “eerily beautiful” in its depiction of death and environmental destruction. Keen to know more about the image and its wider story, we put some questions to Evan…