Desert Landscape Portraits Using a Mirror and Easel
Daniel Kukla is an artist who’s work can be found at the intersection of photography and bioloy/anthropological sciences (of which he is formally trained). In his photography he tries to capture images that have the power to articulate our ever-changing relationship with the natural world. In both science and photography the act of collection is universal, and in his series entitled The Edge Effect, Daniel remarks:
“In March of 2012, I was awarded an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences.
To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.” – Source: DanielKukla.com
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