evolving with the land.

Art, exhibitions, Photography

Andy Adams of FlakPhoto.com  in conjunction with the exhibition America in View: Landscape Photography 1865- now organized by the Museum of Art, RISD, has produced an online exhibition called Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views. The project chronicles and explores where landscape photography is now. The Post-New Topographics landscape photographic transition (as Adams assigns it), a point in photography where we are no longer infatuated by suburban sprawl but rather have come to accept it. We have grown up in it. Where nature and the wilderness are foreign and must be sought and still are hard to see. Adam explores our subjectivity further and interviews each of the selected artist about their image, influences and where they believe landscape photography is headed. The project provides an interesting, heartbreakingly amusing view of the world we live in. It manages to re-position landscape photography, a term in my mind that is reserved for the black and white masters of the early 20th century, into a new modernity. Check out the entire project HERE.  

Rob Hann, Untitled Tocca, Georgie 2008

{Why did you photograph this place?} There’s humor in this picture as well as a sense of wonder… what’s happening here? I think you can read something about the nature of invasive species into the picture but that’s not really my intention.- Rob Hann in conversation with Andy Adams for the project Looking at the Land by FlakPhoto.com

Daniel Kukla, Porcupine Wash, Joshua Tree National Park, California 2012

{Why did you photograph this place?} I created this particular image in a dry river bed (wash) and angled the mirror towards the stars. This area is at a high altitude around 3,500 feet and has very little light pollution, so the night sky was particularly vivid. While I was making the photograph I remember thinking how strange it seemed to see the cosmos restricted by the edges of the mirror. It’s impossible to hold a frame to something as great and vast as our universe. Daniel Kukla in conversation with Andy Adams for the project Looking at the Land by FlakPhoto.com

Christine Carr, Roanoke, Virginia 2005

{Why did you photograph this place?} Normally I search for a particular location, light or structure, but this was spontaneous. Big clouds mesmerize me, so I was looking in that direction and as I rounded the corner I saw this image. I slammed on the brakes in the middle of the road to get a better look and promptly found a place to park as I scurried for my camera. I do most of my shooting in the evening, but I happened to have my camera with me that day, just in case. – Christine Carr in conversation with Andy Adams for the project Looking at the Land by FlakPhoto.com

Christopher Colville, Constellation Phoenix, AZ 2008
{Why did you photograph this place?} I spend a lot of time walking in the desert at night. There is a certain clarity afforded by the open space and many things are outside of our ability to see them until we’re directly confronted with them. I am also interested in making photographs that explore experiences beyond my comprehension. This image holds a special place for me — I made it while on a walk through the desert at night. I had been contemplating the light of stars when I stopped and found this constellation of metal discs at my feet. The discs reflected the light of the moon from the desert floor, placing me somewhere between constellations.- Christopher Colville in conversation with Andy Adams for the project Looking at the Land by FlakPhoto.com

also can’t mention this project without plugging my alma mater. Check out all 5 members of the ASU Photo Program featured in this project:  ChristopherColville. MikeLundgren. AaronRothman. AdamThorman. BuckyMiller.

6 thoughts on “evolving with the land.

  1. I wish I were that clever.. but no I meant infatuated. Thank you for catching that! I tend to do these posts late at night when my mind has already turned to mush after a long day of school and theory reading. Thanks for reading and I hope you went over to Flakphoto.com and checked out the exhibition.

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