Olive Barnett, a photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa has spent the past five years walking and observing in and around Table Mountain National park. Barnett’s artworks emerge from a consistent inquiry into the evolution of human consciousness and its relationship to the natural world. Over the course of time, distinct threads have unravelled to create autonomous sequences of images that inform each other in the creative process. The early work consisted of landscape portals, extracted from notably vibrant natural settings encountered while walking. These sanctuaries, steeped in symbolic reference, intend to yield a sense of stillness and balance that the viewer can drift into and, if necessary, use as shelter from the tensions of modern life. The resulting body of work intends to provide tools to connect to a collective perception of the environment and find new ways to enjoy and share the natural habitats that sustain life. As the eye and technique integrate, a microcosm emerges that invites us to take a closer look at familiar and unusual aspects of the landscape. This work sets out to encounter abstract natural structures that stimulate an extra-sensory response, whilst allowing room for any free-floating elements that may embellish the viewing experience. Barnett’s awareness of geometric principles underlining the source material, become an invaluable guideline when composing the photographs. This is reflected in a way of life that celebrates and reveres being connected to and inseparable from the whole. In Barnett’s images intend to explore and unite scientific and spiritual realms to raise awareness and invoke a finer balance in the way humans interact with nature.