I had the great pleasure to see this photo in person today in Houston. It could be a still from Beasts of the Southern Wild, but it’s really a photograph of Island de Jean Charles in Louisiana by Stacy Kranitz.
"Although there is a long history of women artists who have, for better and worse, identified with or been identified with nature and land forms, very few female photographers are included in the rolls of old or ‘new topographers.’ Men have dominated the field of landscape photography just as men have dominated the land itself. Thus ‘shooting’ a ‘virgin’ landscape has been man’s work—hunting, not gardening. It is as though the outdoors especially in the western United States, were the only remaining male sanctuary among the domesticated interiors of home and workplace. While a large number of women photographers have gathered outdoor images, their failure to impress the art and journalism markets suggests that landscapes are still perceived as trophies form the battle of culture with nature."
Lucy Lippard, Undertones: Nine Cultural Landscapes, 1995
Taylor Curry's camera-less photos of fish and feathers using the cliche-verre process. Savannah, Georgia
Michael Ormerod, Untitled
Matthew Genitempo recently started a really great tumblr featuring both new work and old, like this incredible Ormerod photo. Check it out!
Lucas Foglia, A Natural Order (Tennessee and Virginia)
Lisa McCord, from her series Rotan Switch, life on a cotton farm in Northern Arkansas
"There were no formerly heroic times, and there was no formerly pure generation. There is no one here but us chickens, and so it has always been: A people busy and powerful, knowledgeable, ambivalent, important, fearful, and self-aware; a people who scheme, promote, deceive, and conquer; who pray for their loved ones, and long to flee misery and skip death. It is a weakening and discoloring idea, that rustic people knew God personally once upon a time— or even knew selflessness or courage or literature— but that it is too late for us. In fact, the absolute is available to everyone in every age. There never was a more holy age than ours, and never a less."
Annie Dillard, For the Time Being