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.
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