I’ve always been fascinated with ideas espoused by the photographic movement of The New Topographers, including the work of Robert Adams, but also “Hand of Man” photographer David Plowden. Once one understands the complete loss of the natural landscape–yes, folks, it’s gone–it is moving to contemplate the ways in which our own interaction with the earth has been a symbiotic, destructive relationship.
Another element of photography that draws me back again and again is the notion of a visual statement of culture; something that when placed within the careful composition elevates the image from an essay on Moholy-Nagy’s influence to something even more. It becomes a place, something tangible, something terrestrial. It gains life while reflecting it.