The Year of Disappear - Habitat 1
To facilitate the perception of each Year of Disappear series, I have included, as the last artwork of each project, a slide show video of all images in the series. This video will provide a smooth progression of images in the series from corporeal existence to nothingness. And, it makes viewing my 2020 work easier.
Habitat destruction like deforestation and agricultural development on wildlands is happening at an alarming rate, bringing wild animals closer to humans and allowing new strains of infectious diseases, like SARS-CoV-2, to thrive.
The Year of Disappear - Habitat 1 series presents photographs of habitats being encroached upon and finally swallowed up by man-made structures. In the first image, the habitat is the main subject of the photograph and the series ends with a wall closing off the barely visible landscape.
These photographs are meant to be seen as a series. At first, images are focused and distinct, but as the series progresses, the images become blurred and out of focus. It is hard to make out their detail. Finally, the photographic reality is barely seen.
My photographic style lends itself well to the formation of these series. I have developed my own techniques for capturing reflections and representing transparency. My camera movement technique causes subject matter to become transparent and detail to disappear. These techniques have allowed me to create images with subjects that appear to disappear.
All photographs are 20” x 30” pigment ink prints.