Thesis

The land : a study in personal expression with photography

The idea that evolves in my photographs is a personal expression of man's constructive and destructive influence on the land. I try to capture the effect of man etching his personality into the land. My show includes aerial photographs, close-ups, and a composition of both. I became aware of the scope of man's influence on the land from frequent flights as a passenger. I found flying created a type of landscape from a different perspective than the ground. I was fascinated by the picture of the land from the air. The picture lacks the depth created by three dimensions. I took all of the aerial photographs while piloting in different parts of the world. The country I am in is not important because I do not create a map of the land. I use the aerial view to get photographs but I am not 1ooking for realism. Instead I derive an image from the landscape. I take the liberty of altering the picture to present my idea about man's effect on the land. I want to demonstrate the impact which man has on the land. In the combined composition of aerial and close-up to the same scale by reducing the close-up and enlarging the aerial. In the interaction between man and the land change occurs continually. In my work I use transparent pigment to create further variation. The colors in the picture are created by putting one transparent pigment on another. I transfer one pigment at a time onto the paper, allowing it to be absorbed by the other pigments to effect this innovation. As an artist I make further alterations as I express my interaction with nature. The art work itself is constantly in change too because of its transparent colors. By looking at it, the viewer can modify foregrounds and backgrounds, not physically but through optical illusion. There is no defined depth or perspective to it because the colors are transparent. By using transparent colors, I change a landscape again and again to express my feelings about; man’s 1nteraction with nature. I choose not to spell out the meaning of my pictures. I want the pictures to speak for themselves, and I therefore want each viewer to interpret the work for himself. Nonetheless, I hope the viewer will see the human involvement with the land as he looks at my art.

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