Colorado Summer, 2010

In these photographs of Colorado I seek to portray landscape as being perpetually in flux. Traditionally, many images of the natural world — whether in photography, painting, or some other medium — hold it to be relatively fixed and unchanging, a symbol of something with greater longevity than the lives of human beings. The images I find compelling, however, are of places in the natural world that are in transition, sometimes even during the brief duration of the film’s exposure. I am captivated by movement, atmosphere, growth, and erosion, and by the way the camera reveals these traits through the interplay of light and dark, of stillness and motion, and of sharpness and softness.

Landscape has often been used as a metaphor for the feelings or perceptions of artists, rather than as a literal rendering of a factual scene. English artist John Constable painted the battered ruins of a castle shortly after his wife died, and described the picture as “himself.” It is the same for me. The restlessness of my work stems from my feeling that only recognition of a place’s diversity allows me to truly understand it. I am uncomfortable with the thought of landscape as something static, an easy image to be hung on the wall and forgotten. I would like to show my audience a vision of nature as something that never stands still for very long, and which insures that the attentive among us will never suffer from lack of variation or surprise.

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