Photographs in Pine explore relict old-growth longleaf pinelands across the coastal plain of the Southeast United States and fire’s role in the pine forests of the Deep South. This was one of America’s most significant landscapes and ecosystems, with deep ties to the cultural, economic and environmental histories of this region and beyond. These pinelands are a “forest” that is really an extraordinarily biodiverse understory, evolving as a fire-dependent savannah or grassland, with a canopy dominated by Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) as a keystone species. Longleaf was the dominate element in the landscape mosaic that covered the coastal plain from Virginia to east Texas, some 90 million acres at the time of European settlement and were all but wiped away by human logging on an industrial scale at towards the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. When properly maintained (by humans) with frequent, non-fatal fire, the longleaf ecosystem rivals the tropical rainforests in terms of biodiversity, yet today the decline of this ecosystem has been listed as the third most endangered in the United States. The photographs are color pigment (inkjet) prints that are fairly large scale, in 42×50” or 34×40” sizes. I’ve also exhibited some of the images at 20×24” in order to include more images from the series. The images are shot in a slow, deliberate pace with large format cameras. The presentation is fairly traditional, wall-based photographic work. Most pieces are framed, but I would also propose using the two smaller walls separated by the doorway as a place to present a counterpoint to the formal, large-format images. This would consist of a constellation of smaller, unframed prints (approximately 70 small images in its last iteration) culled from a personal archive amassed over the past 15 years. More of a personal, gut intuitive reaction to the industrial scale pine culture that dominates the contemporary south. This work is represented in my work samples for reference. Upon acceptance, I would begin to work with your staff and the gallery floor plan to work on specific number of works to fit the space, image choices, and exhibition design.
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