Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Environmental

Plants In Exile

  • Photographer
    Austin Irving
  • Technical Info
    All Images Shot On 4x5 Color Negative - Kodak Portra 160

PLANTS IN EXILE is a study of anthropocentrism and its effects on plant life in urban environments. This series explores the intersection between flora and city planning, specifically how plants are manipulated and distorted to the whims of city dwellers. Are these plants victims of the myopic relationship humans have with their environments? Or are these plants defiant heroes, surviving in spite of human intrusions?

Born and raised in New York City, Austin Irving is a visual artist who works with large format analog photography. Irving graduated cum laude with a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU’s TISCH School Of The Arts in 2006. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Hong Kong, India, Germany, France, and across The United States. In 2020, her projects SHOW CAVES and NOT AN EXIT won first place at The Budapest International Foto Awards in the Science and Architecture categories. In 2019, NOT AN EXIT and PLANTS IN EXILE won the PX3 award.