Feedly Response #5

From the series The New Colonists, 2017 © Monica Alcazar Duarte

Ranch, from the series Precious, 2010 © Jane Hilton

Elephant feet turned foot stools, confiscated in the US © Britta Jaschinski

Photography continues to be a very male dominated in an ever progressing society.  The UK’s Royal Photographic Society compiled a list of 100 women photographers out of 1,300 who were recommended to the organization.  An exhibition and publication will follow from this titled Hundred Heroines.  Luxemburg stated “This final list reflects both the global expanse of female practice and the intergenerational input into contemporary photography. It reflects the wide range of methodologies, practices and diverse approaches of women working with the photographic medium. This is a moment of change and this list of heroines pays heed to it.” I was drawn to the compilation of established women photographers, inspired by their perseverance in the male dominated practice and the powerful images they take. I love seeing the diverse approaches the photographers take to a range in topics.

Feedly Response #4

Jose Pedro Cortes created the photo book A Necessary Realism after looking through his photos from 15 years of work. He states that “Reality is made of disjointed episodes that happen parallel to one another. It’s the way that you piece them together that makes the reading of reality something complex and specific,” Cortes explains. “On the whole, [the book] is a subjective and non-judgmental reading of the world.”  It’s an interesting take on the archival images because he is repurposing the images and giving them new context and light by putting them side by side. I’m drawn to the bright exposures and lines embedded in Cortes’ photos and his subtle depictions of environmental issues..

Feedly Response #3


Anastasia Davis is looking at the sensory and emotional experiences that form meanings and interpretations, thinking about making images that elicit emotional responses without enabling any interpretation. I was drawn to the ambiguity of the images and the dark treatment of the images. Though she is not thinking particularly about environmental issues, she creates images that make me indirectly think about what’s happening in the environment. Shooting portions of living spaces and nature, not providing the entire image is an engaging approach and something I have previously explored in my work


_MG_0161_MG_0121_MG_0108_MG_0068 copy_MG_0033 copy_MG_0005 copy_MG_0233 What was/is the initial idea, how is it evolving?

At the end of the first WIP critique I was looking at the way water exists within ecosystems, thinking about water collecting after storms with the run off pollution and garbage accumulating as it moves. As I went to natural systems in South Florida I remembered how vital water is to the plants and animals that exist within ecosystem, nourishing life and greenery around it. I was drawn to the diversity growing in these systems. As I was thinking about the role of water bringing pollution into natural systems prior to this portion of photos, this idea was in the back of my mind. I noticed systems, like agriculture, in close proximity that use chemicals that have such impacts. While taking photos for this critique, I was also noticing human control of the natural systems, intrigued by our attempts to tame nature.

• Why do you feel the images you selected to print for this critique are your strongest, from among the group of new images? (i.e., what was your criteria for selection)

The images I selected for this critique either highlight the vibrant ecosystems depending on water, the human systems that impact water, or human attempts to control nature. I selected the first five because they most strongly depict the plants growing around and in water. Some show rain entering the system, giving it the nourishment it needs. I include several images of the reflection of water with the plants surrounding it appearing on the edges, getting a greater sense of the growth around the water in the reflection. I liked the ambiguity of some of these reflection images, thinking they would compliment images like the agricultural one as people could potentially make connections to agricultural runoff entering the water and impacting the system.

• What specific questions do you have about the work in terms of how someone other than yourself might interpret the imagery?

I am wondering if people will make that connection between agricultural production and its run off entering the ecosystems and having impacts when viewing the images of the ecosystem next to the agricultural production. I wonder if viewers will only contrast the two systems, noticing the linear fashion we produce things and the organic shaped growth that naturally occurs. I wonder if the viewers will respond to the natural images thinking about the role of water in the system as well. Does it accurately portray the role of water in ecosystems? Are you thinking about waters life giving properties when viewing these? I also wonder if the final image of man restricting the growth of nature is something worth pursuing, and if they see the flimsy barrier as something inhibiting growth.


Feedly #12

There is Gas Under the Tundra is a series of images by Charles Xelot addressing the far reaching impact of our dependence on natural gasses in considering the extraction of gas on the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic and the communities this impacts. Xelot creates stark images of the contrast of the icy tundra and the fiery extraction process, as well as the contrast of the vast tundra and industrial structures imposed on the land. Xelot takes a wholistic approach to the series presenting the process of extracting gas, processing it, shipping it and the people that are impacted and relocated because of this process. As the construction of his series shows both the industry and the indigenous community, the viewers gain a better understanding of the implications of the process, which is something I hope to accomplish in my series. Comparing the photos of the communities and the photos of the industry is interesting because it shows the difference in how communities rely on and live with the land opposed to manipulating and extracting from the land. The images from a higher vantage point give the viewers a sense of the imposing presence of industry on the wider landscape, while demonstrating the indigenous communities harmony with it. The coloring of the images also speaks to the difference between the two opposing sides of the series.

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Feedly #11


0fdd57da b4cf 4693 b417 4a74af6a020107844a66 5959 493a a386 63f4e7d71d369e314aa1 8b83 416c a3fc d96d5a4299bdThis week I was looking at the work of Hashem Shakeri who photographs Hamun Lake, one of the largest lakes that is now mostly dried up due to massive droughts stemming from the changing climate. His photos have a desaturated quality whihch speak to the arid atmosphere and lack of water They appear to be almost sandy in their coloring and desaturation, speaking to the desertification of the area. He captures the drying out lake, the impacts of this, and the way humans are impacted by these changing, capturing instances of everyday life. Overall, his work approaches the issue from all angels, something i am interested doing in my own practice.

Wip #4



-What was/is the initial idea, how is it evolving?

Last critique I was thinking a lot about the way man manipulates nature in order to suit our lifestyle and development. For this critique I continued to think about this, but within the suburban context. I was drawn to manmade bodies of water, whether they were manmade drainage canals or manmade lakes for golf courses. I was thinking about their different reasons for existing, how they act in an ecosystem, and how their accumulation of runoff impacts the water quality of that system and larger natural systems.   I was thinking more about the presence of water in a manmade environment, rather than thinking about the control of natural systems.

• Why do you feel the images you selected to print for this critique are your strongest, from among the group of new images? (i.e., what was your criteria for selection)

I chose these images because each shows an element of our control of water to suit our needs. Each waterway is confined by sharp lines, whether from the dredged land it fills or by the pipes and tunnels that contain it. Each image also includes a trace of human existence so it is obvious that we are an element of these bodies of water. I wanted to indicate the proximity of these systems to their sources of pollution such as the golf courses while subtly suggesting that these are only there for human benefit. I thought it was interesting how the bodies of water were bordered by steep hills and sharp edges so I looked to include these as well.

• What specific questions do you have about the work in terms of how someone other than yourself might interpret the imagery?

I am wondering if people connect the drainage system to runoff and pollution from the suburban neighborhoods. I am wondering if it is clear that these are man made water ways meant for drainage. Do people interpret these as manipulated water ways for our existence? Do people connect the controlled waterways to past controlled water ways I have taken photos of? How do people think of the environmental consequences of this?  I am wondering if the tunnel shot is too dark to interact with and respond to. Is it worth going back at a different time and trying again?


– Why do you feel the selected images most strongly convey your conceptual content?

Both images present linear canals with steep hills of grass neighboring them and human development above and surrounding them.  The human control of water for our own benefit is present in these, ultimately leads to pollution as our lifestyles consume chemicals to keep our lawns green and our cars moving. I think they both convey a sense of run off with the steep hills and a prioritization of the human world as they sit above the natural systems. The waterways seem fairly trivial in comparison to the development surrounding them, but still point to our manufacturing it and the taking over it.

– How do you hope the formal treatment and scale impacts the interpretation?

I enhanced the greens surrounding the water ways, saturating them to give them a slightly unnatural green, indicating their unnatural growth in that area. This extends to the artificiality of the water way as well. I desaturated the trees slightly so the natural greens of the tree contrasted greatly with the grass to further push this idea. All of the man made formations were lightened and given more contrast in order to make them emerge more from the background, hopefully giving them a little more dominance over the natural system. I also lightened the waterways to point out its straight length, hoping to further the idea that these are manmade systems.