Front Cover Nature Geoscience, Siobhan McDonald 2017
The plants in this photo are some of the oldest plants on our planet. This project looks at plant fossils as a way to figure out what our atmosphere will be like in 150 years time from now.
In tandem with this scientific study, I set up a dark room on site in the atmospheric chambers to record the silhouettes of our earliest plants. Using silver nitrate and light I created a series of ghostly imprints generated by a 400-million-year-old atmosphere – an atmosphere so deadly that two inhalations would suffice to kill a person. This constricting environment calls to mind the fatal impact our collective activities have had on our planet.