If A [Coconut] Tree Falls

PrizeFinalists in Shoot (photo/video)
University/SchoolUniversity College Cork
ArtistJack Lehane

This series chronicles the co-construction of the CAUKIN x Bula Batiki Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) processing facility in the Lomaiviti Archipelago of Fiji, South Pacific. The two month build aimed to centralise the local Bula Batiki co-op’s already ongoing cold-press process and attain higher food safety standards to increase the scope for their regional and international sales. In departure from over-emphasis of final construction ‘products’ often represented in architectural discourse, the series instead provides a lens into the contextual and human dimensions of the co-construction process.

Jack R. Lehane is a self-taught photographer from Cork, Ireland. His photographic work aspires to engage emerging landscapes of architecture and design, contemporary fields of cross-cultural discourse, and the intersection of both. Navigating a range of thematics including photojournalism, travel documentary and socio-ecological environments, they aim to negotiate emerging spatial agencies. Grounding the craft of photography in a real-world context, they posit visual narratives that offer an opportunity to mobilise in a growing global community and public domain.