"The Majestic Oak," Majestic Oaks Housing Development
At more than three hundred years old, this tree stands as a sentinel, witness to centuries of development and change. The tree’s intrepid strength as a living organism aside, the “Majestic Oak” still stands today for one reason: its aesthetic characteristics. Without which, the tree would most definitely have fallen the way of the forest once surrounding it. The Majestic Oak survives as a reminder of a decision made long ago to preserve a specific aesthetic.
Eventually, the act of choosing begins a perpetuation; one aesthetic choice begets another, begets another, slowly defining a subconscious vision of what beauty is. Only the chosen are experienced. Thus, only the chosen can be remembered.
Second Nature focuses on ideas of perception, representation, and interaction surrounding the natural world. This series is a catalog of the varied ways we go about [re]contextualizing the 'natural world' for display and public consumption.
Shot with a large format camera, these images are highly processed and manipulated to embody the oversaturated, glitzy aesthetic often found in today’s media. Digital manipulation and compositing of multiple negatives is regularly used to create a “more perfect” rendering of the scene, referential to the decided “nature” it represents.
Flickr Photographer, Miami Botanical Gardens
Billboard with Trees, Savannah, GA
The "Ultra Majestic Mountain," Wyomissing, PA
Picnic Table, Scenic Toll Road, Whiteface Mt, NY
LED Wall Display, Comcast Center, PA
The Whale Shark Tank, Atlanta, GA
Shamu, Sea World, FL
The "Greatest Show on Earth," Parking Lot, GA
Lion in the Bushes, Northwoods Inn Lobby, NY
Dick's Elephant, Cabela's, PA
The "Jungle Room," Miami Botanical Gardens
Lions, Leopards, and Antelope, Cabela's, PA
"Expedition Everest," Disney's Animal Kingdom, FL