From the moment I saw the call to submit to a show called “Far Country,” I was intrigued but wary. I don’t do much in the order of traditional travel &/or landscape photography. My landscapes tend to be more intimate and “state-of-mind” points of view
But upon reading the call carefully and reflecting on it, I decided to give it a go and submitted the requisite three images. Imagine my delight when two were invited into the show!
“Edge of Fangorn” is a good example of what I mean. I sat in my car at the edge of the Kisatchie National Forest about an hour and a half from home, both sorry that it was raining, thus I couldn’t go for the planned hike IN the forest, and mesmerized by the beauty and foreboding of the forest filled with fog and mist and rain.
Fangorn is a forest in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. When casting about for a title for this photo, it struck me as conveying exactly the mystery and mythical quality I was looking for.
“Dune Jazz” is from farther afield: the Gulf coast of the Florida panhandle. It is a place I can physically get to with a short airplane ride or a long drive. But I have never lived where I could walk among dunes with any regularity, thus when I visit the coast, walking among the dunes entertains me for hours. It is a unique ecosystem.
This dune grabbed my attention in two ways. First, I loved the clump of winter-dead grass shooting its fingers toward the sky–like jazz hands, right?! And, second, it speaks softly of beneficial human interaction with the environment. The placement of that nearly buried picket fence has a lot to do with how the wind has sculpted and given life to this particular dune.
I will finish framing today and ship tomorrow. These two pieces are going to the show called “Far Country” at Tag At 120 Art, 120 W. 2nd Street, Taylor, TX. The show will run from Saturday, August 29 through Saturday, October 17, 2020.