On the breath of a forest, 2014

photo installation, images created by placing homemade pinhole cameras in the trees of a forest and exposing for an entire summer

photo installation, images created by placing homemade pinhole cameras in the trees of a forest and exposing for an entire summer

On the breath of a forest is an extension of my series Purgatory Road, a project that is based in a wooded region in rural New York. To create this work, homemade pinhole cameras were distributed throughout the trees in the forest where they were left outside for the entire summer to be weathered by the natural elements. They were rained on, heated by the sun, blown by the wind, and embedded with bugs, leaves, spider webs, and dirt. Here, I am not so much interested in the single perfect exposure as much as how the results work together to capture the pulse of a place – the rhythm of the sun rising and setting, the textures, palette, and the physical remnants found within this unique ecosystem.

*Images printed as archival pigment prints mounted on wood panels or as dye sublimation prints on aluminum, 6x8” or 8x10”, grid dimensions variable.