Finding familiarity in such a distant place

These photos explore a world of ongoing equilibrium and articulate the monotonous stream of daily events in such a way that even such ordinary experiences and surroundings become alien. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, I focus on the idea of public space: spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment and space that is typically viewed as uninteresting. The bright subjects are moving about a dull, unwavering landscape where they can do anything, yet the uniformity of their environment overrules their desires.
The beginning works radiate a cold and latent violence from which disconcerting beauty emerges. I investigate the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of it based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. In establishing a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined, a world in which the viewer thought they knew like the back of their hand is portrayed as something much more foreign and unwelcoming. The work follows the subjects on their journey to find familiarity in such a distant place.

Modeled by Addie Gross, Ava Calbreath, Bella Havens, and Ben Zix
Assisted by Eric Thomas

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