The Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.

The word combines the root “anthropo”, meaning “human” with the root “-cene”, the standard suffix for “epoch” in geologic time.

The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period.

Kids of Carrington.

A young family in Carrington, a small harbourside suburb built on ancient ballast in the city of Newcastle, the largest exporter of coal on the planet.


A project exposing the powerful and contradictory emotions that accompany children of the anthropocene, which presents a visual narrative in the style of documentary photography that focuses on family, intimate rituals and experiences of the day-to-day that reveal so much.

It presents conversations and hidden stories where desires and daily practices seem to be in a paradoxical relationship - where the bounty of the holocene has slid into the decay of the anthropocene, and where people battle to recognise or acknowledge the changes at hand.

In its first phase, the project engages with diverse communities throughout regional NSW. Here, largely unwitnessed, unfold the stories of parents dealing with the impacts of climate change and resource decline. Lives where aspirations for a bright future are at odds with the evidence to hand.

There, rumours of present or looming environmental and economic decline are growing into threatening experiences that colour daily life. Visceral evidence, in the form of violent weather events, drought and bushfire are compounded by the decline of industries that once vibrant rural communities relied on.


The authors, Katherine and Ben, met a little over a year ago in Newcastle, and fell deeply in love. Over a handful of weeks, they turned from the prospect of a life alone to the passion and hope that love brings. These conversations quickly arrived at the delicate things, like children, and the agreement that the future held dark portents - places not to offer new life. But through the months that followed, hope had its way, dreams of a little family and a future Australia where their children might be safe refused to die. Their project sets out to explore these feelings of ambivalence: powerful, contradictory emotions that accompany children of the anthropocene.