A view of a section of Lake Ballard which contains water. Lake Ballard is an ephemeral salt lake in Western Australia's vast interior. In 2003 British artist Anthony Gormley was commissionsed by the Perth International Arts Festival and installed 51 sculptures over a 10 square kilometre area of the lake. They were supposed to be removed after teh end of the festival but remain there as tourist attractions. These images are part of an ongoing project called 'Hope', a conceptual project about the vulnerability of human existence on earth. The ambition is to photograph environments which are almost impossible for humans to live in, places that are beautiful in their starkness. These environments are places where hope and optimism are inextricably intertwined with doubt and uncertainty. The lack of human life in these images emphasises the vulnerability of human life on earth.