Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Through day-to-day interactions with the constructed environment, I’ve been seeking to expand my thoughts on the natural environment.  I frequently question the viability of our constantly shrinking native ecosystems of sand hill, scrub and mudflats due to sprawl and expansion.  I’m curious how this loss influences our society.  As the native flora and fauna die out, the interconnectedness of these diverse ecosystems will continue to suffer.  While we surround ourselves with shopping malls, business centers, and fast food chains, we still yearn for the natural world.

My pictures are captured in places we pass by in our every day routines – front yards, construction sites, and roadsides.  In these everyday locations, the development around us imposes decay on the natural world.  Our primal need for wilderness becomes prominent in our lives as the growth increases.  We feel we can bring this sense of the wild back into our homesteads with fake plastic and concrete statues of animals and birds.  The careless planning caused by our own desire for expansion has left our only habitat scarred with abandoned buildings, industrial wastelands, and parking lots.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


This week I was lucky enough to find the work of Korean photographer, Hye-Ryoung Min

I enjoyed her work from the series "Channel 247".  I appreciate the content on this Lenscratch blog, the pictures are interspersed with her comments about the images, and ideas about her work. I think this dialogue  helps the viewer interpret the underlying meanings and connections with the photographs.

The subtle voyeuristic aspect of these photos is what I find so intriguing, I think the viewpoints are interesting and am attracted to how the images are usually looking through something (i.e windows, window panes).  Her ideas of treating her windows as televisions is also intriguing. I think this may stem from her background in fashion photography, which is a whole other level of voyeurism.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


  This week I found the work of, I-Hsuen Chen to be very interesting.  Her ideas surrounding the American Road Trip are very unique as she travels through her native country of Taiwan. Her photos are very simplistic and authentic, providing a diverse range of photos. How she describes the feeling of travel, being between two places creating this "nowhere" sensibility is very intriguing.