The Geography of Desire
The photographs map our interactions and our journeys on the earth, as we explore the spaces and the geometry and the boundaries of land we preserve through regional, national and international designations. The pieces explore our conceptions and idealizations of landscape; landscape as a way of seeing, a gaze referring to the eye and the lens, where landscape is the result of various practices materialized through evolving representations.
As the traveler in the Geography of Desire, I journey through preserved American and Canadian landscape turning my gaze toward the indexical traces of the traveler, suggesting that the event of framing, or the journey of the framer and her marks on the land render an equally potent account for our conceptions of landscape, nature, and environment.
The pictures represent the way we identify with the land through our relationship with environment; how we practice our social and political roles both in terms of our journeys on it as well as our political negotiation of environmental policy, land use, and preservation.
The appropriation of the historic landscape format offers a symbolic way of engaging the slippages I offer as a response to the main text of historic nature photography, as I document the traces of our travel over these lands so precious that we both preserve them and exploit them.
So while our images of land and of geography relate to geological formations, they are powerfully motivated by our values, our practices and our politics, and our desires.