Paper Dunes #1

Photograph, 2013

These images are created using very simple materials. They are all photographs of constructions that represent archetypal depictions of seascapes, landscapes and caves. They are reminiscent of imagery I saw in my grandmother's collection of National Geographic magazines and of the tourist and "fine art" photography I saw growing up in Florida, just a mile from the Gulf of Mexico. Within the work, there are references to art history and to artists and photographers that have worked in the landscape tradition. The 18th century concepts of Romanticism have influenced landscape photographers since the invention of photography. I create and photograph my constructions as an interrogation of those enduring tropes, and as a way to both satisfy and explore my urge to rehash those modes of representation. The irony of my small and humble constructions is that they simultaneously support and complicate the idea of the transcendental landscape.