In preparation for my upcoming solo trip to Death Valley, I visited the local bookstore for some reading material. A good book keeps my mind occupied, and helps pass the time between shots. I found the novel I was looking for, then browsed the Art and Photography section.
One book in particular was perched at precarious angle. While returning it to the shelf, I recognized the name on the book. It was titled “Time” by Andy Goldsworthy. Several years ago, I visited the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art to view Andy’s installation.
His work consists mostly of natural elements that are placed in a very structured manner. Leaves, rocks, or other objects are arranged in prefect rectangles of bold color. He also prefers to use serpentine lines, similar to a stream flowing through a wide flood channel. It is difficult to describe his work, but each piece is very unique.
From a photographic perspective, he documents the natural destruction of his work. He leaves the camera in the same location, and takes a series of photographs as the leaves blow away, and the the natural world reclaims its resources.
I have tried in the past to stage scenes by arranging leaves, or other subjects. However, I have not found these experiences to be productive. My efforts have been to try and mimic the chaotic arrangement of nature. Maybe the best approach is to take an inspired approach by Andy, and go with a heavy handed approach. It certainly gives me something to think about.