Geographical Lore

  • Dates
    2020 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Topics Archive, Contemporary Issues, Fine Art, Landscape, Nature & Environment
  • Location Philadelphia, United States

Geographical Lore is a selection of photographic works considering how the natural world can be represented, particularly within landscapes like forests, mountain ranges, and desert terrain where I have traveled in the United States.

Geographical Lore is a selection of photographic works considering how

the natural world can be represented, particularly within landscapes like forests, mountain

ranges, and desert terrain where I have traveled in the United States. The work stems from my

interests in natural reserves, protected lands, wilderness areas, and the photographic

documentation of the ever-changing, diverse geography within and between these locations.

With my camera as a recording device, I am looking for complexities of both stability and

change that occur over time in the natural world. For instance, low and high tide zones, tidal

pools, forest ecology, geologic processes, and astrological explorations. Using the photograph 

as source material creates another way of understanding the subject and 

expands an imagined space. 

Through this work, I experiment with ideas of abstraction and representation,

manipulation, and constructing/deconstructing images of these documented spaces/places.

The series explores how environments function and evolve, sometimes depicting a façade or

fabricated reality that examines spatial relationships, scale shifts, and materiality/structure.

The series combines two-dimensional images like framed photographs,

broadsides, light-boxes, and three-dimensional objects like cut and manipulated

photographs and artist books. They combine photographic images of the natural world

and hand-made, assembled environments. The deliberate blend of the fabricated and the

"real" image plays with ideas of memory and representation.

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