I’m interested in interconnection and so understanding our relationship to each other and the landscape as a spiritual matter, but also in practical terms. How does this relationship, this experience, inform our thoughts, words, and actions?
It matters because we’re in an especially delicate place as a planet-our survival and the potential thriving of our species and all species we share this planet-time with, depends on what we do; not only now but in the future. The ripple effect of all our tiny actions matter.
Like when you’re standing at the lakefront, or anyplace outdoors, how does it make you feel? Do you feel separated from or connected to the world around you? How do those feelings and beliefs inform what you do and how you treat that world?
I will be showing new black and white photographs printed using Piezography, a unique process which offers tens of thousands of silver tones, greater than what can be found in even platinum or palladium process printing. Limited edition, signed en verso.
The images are slightly elegiac; an idea of movement but also stillness – the suspension of time. Long exposures distill several moments into one. Rather than a single decisive moment, it’s photographing the passage of time itself. They are connected as well to the writings of Woolf, Proust, Oliver, Dillard, Solnit and their explorations of perception and the passage of time and memory.
The work also explores the time between point of sense contact and the cognitive, physical and emotional response. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom,” as Viktor Frankl had it.
As this project develops, there’s a need to concretize while at the same time remaining open and flexible to new discoveries, flashes of insight. I keep following the trail. Finding that balance between effort and ease to find the way to the work at it’s fullest expression.
I think that one of the main questions is this: how are we in relationship to the landscape? In the same way in mindfulness practice that we learn to ask, how are we in relationship to whatever is going on. We do our best in this practice to keep an open, curious, non-judgmental mind.
How do we even define landscape?
I know that I tend to think nature when I hear the word landscape but what about the built landscape that we create? And the way we do it? How we build what we do and with what intent?
Do we feel connected to the landscape or separate? And how much does it matter how our relationship with natural or built landscape is? What synergy is there? Do our environs support or deny us? And to what extent are we complicit when things go awry and we harm ourselves and the landscape? And conversely, how do we support positive change, or nurture the landscape whether natural or built?
Part of the work is in photographing the various landscape types as well as the people in them.
Further, conducting interviews and asking people where I find them about their connection to the landscape.
How is this relationship related to happiness? Are people more or less happy in various kinds of landscape settings?
And what of the stories, the mythologies found in the landscapes of different places and people? What forms the sensibilities of the people who dwell in these places? In what do they believe and what is the alchemy between people, landscape and the narrative enframing their experience and sensibilities?
Further, how is the passage of time perceived in each place and how does that inform/impact not only their relationship to the landscape but their happiness or sense of contentment? When we feel rushed along how does this inform our relationship to the land, the planet? When we have a slowing of time, does this mean we relate differently and how?
I know we’re used to these items. But really – do we NEED them? What the carbon footprint of all those toilet paper roll holders? WTF are they made from? And what’s the impact on the environment of all of them?
And I know many people might say, what is she in about? But it’s precisely these little unconscious things that slip invisibly through our lives that all add up. Much the way someone struggling to make a budget might complain they have no money and not realize they’re blowing $100 on coffee to go because each work day they buy a $5 coffee beverage on the way to work.