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29 June 2013

Craig J. Barber, Working the Land

As our society increasingly relies upon industrial agriculture, there are still those who continue a close relationship with the land and all it has to offer, be they hunters, farmers, woodsmen, gardeners, or foragers. My work recognizes and acknowledges their commitment in a series of portraits that honors these individuals in their environments.

My approach to this work is to visit with my subject for a day or so prior to making any photographs, thereby allowing us time to establish a rapport. I also use this time to observe their method of work, body language, and how they relate to their environment as they conduct different tasks throughout the day. From there I begin to photograph, spending several days collaborating with my subjects to create images that speak to their life.

I have chosen to work with the wet plate collodion/tintype process for its timelessness and its aesthetic connection that resonates to an era when we were all closer to the land. All plates are 20 cm x 25 cm and each of my subjects receive plates as well.

Craig J. Barber

Avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste.

Artist presented by Alison Nordström for the Discovery Award. 

Exhibition venue : Atelier de Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2013.