Through my photographs I question the interaction of culture, technology, and natural history that forms landscape. I see landscape as a deliberate form that reveals, even enforces, the desires and values of its residents. While there are few people in my photographs, people saturate each image through how they have decided to change the land.

As opposed to a static scene, I treat landscape as an on-going process, in flux because of deep time, sedimentation, seasons, human decision, and individual experience. Selecting fragments of this process, I aim to provoke the multiple, contradictory meanings that cultures and individuals assign to forms, patterns, and moments in the landscape.

I don’t view landscape photography as a passive practice of observation. Instead, I believe landscape photography is an active practice of creation. Through selections I make, I take fragments of geography and forge them with my thoughts and questions to create landscapes. This creation, however, is not abstract. I give coherence to each project I undertake by examining a specific structure—geologic, technologic, geographic, or anthropomorphic—that influences how the land has been modified. 

I'm currently a graduate student studying the cultural and environmental history of the North American built environment.

We have mixed our labour with the earth, our forces with its forces too deeply to be able to draw back and separate either out.
— Raymond Williams
 
Throughout the world of gardens there are occasions when something particularly special about a place focuses and shapes both its design and its reception. This may be what was once called the ‘sacred’, as many early cultures declared. But in a modern world, grown secular and global, this often seems an inappropriate term. Nonetheless, there are places both old and new that call out for some recognition of this special site and its meanings.
— John Dixon Hunt
The study of landscape history contributes its share to the new approach by reminding us, among other things, that since the beginning of history humanity has modified and scarred the environment to convey some message, and that for our own peace of mind we should learn to differentiate among those wounds inflicted by greed and destructive fury, those which serve to keep us alive, and those which are inspired by a love of order and beauty, in obedience to some divine law.
— J.B. Jackson

Recent readings that I've found informative / inspirational:

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor— Rob Nixon

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History — Elizabeth Kolbert

H is for Hawk — Helen Macdonald

America as Second Creation— David Nye

Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection — Anna Tsing