FIELDWORK

 

Seven Stumps
Broken Tree
Woodpile
Burning Stubble
Targets
Bales
Door
Den
Brush
Brush Piles
Bags
Question
Shreds
Willow
Campfire
Stones and Tree
Sling
Stump House
Bonfire
Sticks
Hole
Ring
Looped Branch
Fallen Trees
Ruts
Three Rocks
Sign
Saplings
Grove
Woodpile and Road
Ivied Tree
Strands
Clump of Trees
Strands
Hay
Oaks and Poplars
Mulch
4 Life
Treetops
Lake
Burning Field
Quarry
Rubble
Gravel
Row
Two Holes
Wind
Stone Circle L
Stone Circle R

Seven Stumps

Broken Tree

Woodpile

Burning Stubble

Targets

Bales

Door

Den

Brush

Brush Piles

Bags

Question

Shreds

Willow

Campfire

Stones and Tree

Sling

Stump House

Bonfire

Sticks

Hole

Ring

Looped Branch

Fallen Trees

Ruts

Three Rocks

Sign

Saplings

Grove

Woodpile and Road

Ivied Tree

Strands

Clump of Trees

Strands

Hay

Oaks and Poplars

Mulch

4 Life

Treetops

Lake

Burning Field

Quarry

Rubble

Gravel

Row

Two Holes

Wind

Stone Circle L

Stone Circle R

These photographs depict peculiar sculptural arrangements I find by chance – ordinary places where little dramas unfold. While Fieldwork refers to the observation and gathering of raw data, it also suggests rough fortifications built from material at hand, like brush and rocks. From ancient, monumental stone circles in an English field to dried grass after snow melt, these are silent pictures that leave the viewer completely alone in the landscape. They were made in the precarious seasons of late fall and early spring, when everything hangs between life, death, and life again.

These are the bones of life laid bare, when color is reduced and branches are left exposed. My photographs have the scratchy, crosshatched look of etchings or pencil drawings so the prints look hand-built, stick by stick. They are printed in platinum-palladium to fully exploit the tonal subtleties of both subject and medium, using traditional photographic practice to describe the grey areas of marginal landscapes.

Fieldwork was made from inside photographic tradition, using the vocabulary and grammar of the medium’s formal history. I used the serendipity of a walk to find meaning in the quietest seasons, when evidence of life is the hardest to find yet it persists, and is all the more hopeful in its tenacity. Above all, these pictures are about the beauty of mystery and the mystery of beauty.

Medium: Platinum-palladium
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″
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