trees. (2011)

Our experience of landscape involves a continual tension between the familiar and the new, the typical and the unique, between the tendency to fall back on comfortable habits of perception and the necessity for a heightened attentiveness to what is unprecedented in every situation. As a photographer my relationship to the landscape I photograph is one of dialogue. I am not simply the interrogator of a passive subject; I, too, am being questioned. I look at this place and ask "What is important here?" and the reply comes back, "What is important to you?". The work that results encompasses both questions. The faith one works with is that the answers have a measure of congruence.

Frank Gohlke
Thoughts on Landscape
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