My photography observes the evolving contemporary landscape of Long Island - the interaction of the natural world with the man-made one, examining the visual dialogue that occurs in their often uneasy coexistence. The images are an unaltered visual document that may offer narrative or serve as metaphor.
Nature has the ability to connect us to a broader awareness of ourselves. Plant life/trees pre-date our own existence - an essential part of the carbon cycle, they follow ancient genetic code for existence and survival, they evolve and adapt - shaped by light, water and the environment. Rooted firmly in earth, they reach for the sky to fulfill their potential - like all living things, they are a product of forces both seen and unseen.
New York State has designated numerous areas within the state for tax-advantaged commercial development, naming them 'Empire Zones'. Accepted practice is to completely remove the natural landscape and replace it with a new fabricated environment complete with decorative plantings - a process evident in most of Long Island's commercial and residential landscape. Today, many of these areas are experiencing vacancies and have fallen into disuse. These visual observations were made within the Empire Zones areas on Long Island.
Visual or physical barriers installed for privacy, safety, security, containment or exclusion. Some keep us out of harm's way, others tell us we don't belong here... markers and boundaries in our environment that become part of the landscape.
Temperature differences of the land and sea, condensation, natural and man-made particulates in the atmosphere, weather conditions/wind velocity, the position of the sun - combine to create a transient visual landscape that can change quickly, often in minutes. The same stretch of Connecticut coastline as observed over a six month period from twenty miles across the Long Island Sound.