Yard Work 16
Yard Work 16
In Yard Work, I explore perception, presence, and connection by using the 8x10 camera, perspective, and formal devices to create abstract forms in nature that suggest closure or separation.
The focal plane and, therefore, my subject, is the negative space that is created by my choice of perspective and aperture.
Yard Work follows my immersion during the last year in life drawing, which has influenced the way I observe, approach, and experience form and space and the very act of seeing. The 8x10 camera that I have used for 10 years allows for a slow, meditative approach to image-making that supports my inquiry into presence.
I make the photographs on my property in the Catskill Mountains, which I have owned for 10 years. I am interested in the challenge of seeing anew in a place with which I am intimately familiar. I’ve titled the series Yard Work because, while different from the words’ general connotations—mowing, raking, weeding—my project relates to my personal way of showing respect and care for the land.
Each photograph is digitally printed on Canson Platine at a size that is specific to the image: 16x20 inches (40x51 cm); 28x35 inches (71x89 cm); 36x45 (91x114 cm); and 40x50 inches (101x127 cm).