Introduction of a New Project: Used Landscapes
“Our landscapes connect us to our history; they are the source of our character as a people, as well as our health, our safety, and our prosperity. Natural resources enrich us economically, yes.
But they also enrich us aesthetically and recreationally and culturally and spiritually.”
| Robert Kennedy, Jr.
In the last three years, I have been working on a project titled “Used Landscapes.” Here is my project statement and a few sneak peeks into the project:
Used Landscapes” is a captivating photographic project that delves into the intricate journey of nature’s transformation from tree to wood product, exploring its significance in the construction and building of wooden houses and fences. Through a visually stunning blend of geometric abstraction and an enchanting portrayal of nature’s beauty, this project sheds light on the subtle yet profound cycles of life applied to wood.
The photographs in “Used Landscapes” reveal the remarkable process of weathering and the slow reclamation of wood by nature. As the elements take their toll, the visual narrative unfolds, showcasing the delicate balance between human intervention and the relentless force of the natural world. The project’s purpose is to provoke contemplation on the coexistence of humans and nature, questioning our relationship with the environment and the consequences of our actions.
Drawing inspiration from the realm of geometric abstraction, the visual language of “Used Landscapes” embraces clean lines, harmonious compositions, and striking juxtapositions. Through meticulous attention to detail, the photographs create a sense of order and structure juxtaposed with the organic chaos of weathered wood. This juxtaposition is a metaphor for the delicate equilibrium between human control and nature’s resolute power.
While the imagery of “Used Landscapes” captures nature’s intricate beauty, it simultaneously carries a hidden message of critique. Beneath the surface, the project challenges the viewer to reflect on the environmental impact of human activities, particularly in construction and building practices. By presenting the cycle of life applied to wood, it serves as a poignant reminder of the transient nature of our existence and the consequences of our choices.
“Used Landscapes” beckons viewers to immerse themselves in the convergence of nature and human intervention. It is an invitation to appreciate the mesmerizing beauty of the visual compositions while contemplating the broader implications of our relationship with the environment. Through its critical undercurrent, the project encourages introspection, urging us to reevaluate our roles as stewards of the natural world and the significance of embracing sustainable practices.
Embark on a thought-provoking journey through “Used Landscapes” and discover the captivating interplay between the organic and the structured, the temporary and the enduring. Let the photographs inspire a newfound appreciation for the delicate harmony of nature, even as they call us to confront the urgent need for mindful coexistence with our environment.