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  2. William James Stillman, via Kyle Ford.

  3. Seneca Ray Stoddard via Kyle Ford.

  4. Seneca Ray Stoddard, via Kyle Ford.

  5. Seneca Ray Stoddard, via Kyle Ford.

  6. Kyle Ford, Second Nature.

    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.

  7. Kyle Ford, Forever Wild.

    Few fully understand what the Adirondack wilderness really is. It is a mystery even to those who have crossed and recrossed it by boats along its avenues, the lakes; and on foot through its vast silent recesses. –Veplanck Colvin, 1874

    In the 1890’s a boundary of 6.1 million acres in northern New York was placed under constitutional protection forming the largest park in the continental US. Since then, all public land in this place has been governmentally sanctioned as “forever wild.”

    This series approaches the intricate relationship between the land and the inhabitants of the Adirondack Park in northern New York. Aesthetic choices within the series are informed by American transcendentalists, Hudson River school painters, and survey photographers who were responsible for many of the early visualizations of the park. Forever Wild reflects upon the evolution of an American landscape by conjuring pastoral ideas of man, nature, the frontier, and true wilderness in the context of modern day ideals.

    This work is currently being shot and thus regularly altered. Return frequently to watch the series evolve. 

    The project has been generously supported by Kodak Professional.

  8. Seneca Ray Stoddard, Avalanche Lake from the North, via Kyle Ford.