Filtering the Landscape
This series (2019-2021) was photographed while immersed in the landscape as an artist-in-residence in Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP) and printing began after my return home. I embraced the stillness found in parts of the park and was also captivated by the liveliness of the raw fall desert. The black and white landscape photographs focus less on main attractions and more on essential supporting characters in the landscape. Due to the pandemic a long pause was taken in the middle of physically making this work which resulted in an intense interest in the process that occurs well after the shutter is pressed on the camera.
After printing, I merge the images with transparent filters. I utilize a university darkroom collection of out of circulation filters in the state they are found in. This illuminates a tool used in the analog printing process and furthers the narrative of place by highlighting the omnipresent sun along with geological features, wildlife, and plants found in the park. The eponymous Joshua tree (yucca brevifolia) is featured and seems to shapeshift before your eyes. These magical trees have been granted temporary protection through the California Endangered Species Act, making them the first plant protected in the state due to threats posed by climate change. The filters combined with the monochromatic photographs express my emotional connection to the environment, along with temperature, and color palette as remembered and imagined in the landscape.