Terrain August 29 - September 29
at both the vast and the microscopic, landscape photography takes us
from backyards to national parks; from mountains to coastlines. This
genre includes images of the untouched beauty of the earth as well as
places impacted by mankind. In addition to beauty, it often explores the
contours of our relationship with the land, presenting historic
battlefields, high-rise jungles, or threatened environments. For
Terrain, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images that explore the beauty and
complexity of our landscape.
About the Juror:
Sean Kernan is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He came to photography from theater, and is the author of two monographs, The Secret Books and Among Trees. He has exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. His photographs have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, New York, Harpers, Bloomberg, Communication Arts, Graphis, Polyrama, Photo World, and has done a wide range of advertising work. He has taught and lectured at New School/Parsons, Maine Media Workshops and Santa Fe Workshops, Art Center (Pasadena), International Center for Photography, University of Texas, Wesleyan University, Yale Medical School, and has numerous awards, most recently from the Center in Santa Fe for teaching, as well as a Doctorate (HC) from Art Center in Pasadena. His work can be viewed at www.seankernan.com.
Traveling through the submissions has drawn me out on a long walkabout across lands and visions. And, as with all such journeys, I have returned a slightly different person...which is just the way it should be. Landscape images seem to fall into one of two large baskets. In one is imagery that involves the natural world alone, while the other holds imagery that explores the ways in which humans and their instruments have altered the natural world, for better and for worse. Indeed, one might have a long philosophical discussion as to whether pointing the human instrument of the camera at the natural world automatically puts the result in the second category.
any case, the fun of this collection, and of the resultant show, is
that the contents of both baskets are dumped out and mixed together to
create a narrative of heightened tension that explores cross-resonances
in fascinating ways. Sequencing it should be fun. I think that any
imagery should challenge, change and broaden the views of the
photographer first and then the viewer, and the entrants of this show
did that time and again. The proof of this is that as I went through the
pictures I kept being drawn to things that I would not have made,
unexpected juxtapositions, and pictures that one couldn't arrive at by
thinking but only by putting one's self in the world in a state of
complete awareness. I experience making art as a constant stepping off
into the unknown, and these entrants stepped out again and again. Best
of all, they encourage me to do the same.