Entropy: A natural condition of the physical universe wherein all things continuously move toward greater disorder.
ARTIST STATEMENT: ENTROPY
I’ve spent my life immersed in nature, and making photographs to interpret its complex dialog. Through this I’ve become particularly attuned to the disparities between nature’s authentic self-expression, and the images we’ve grown to accept as accurate representations of it. We’re surrounded by these familiar and often cliché images—in magazines and on television, in calendars and postcards, as advertisements and décor. But unlike phenomenal experience, images offer only decontextualized fragments of information, manipulated and filtered by the photographer and the medium itself. My series Entropy overtly reveals this disparity.
After a catastrophic computer crash, I ran a recovery program which (mis)-interpreted my own digital landscape images. The corrupted files unearthed the landscapes’ digital building blocks, deconstructing them into visible components of content and process. As I examined the resulting images I was drawn to serendipitous interactions within them, and to the more substantive meanings they suggest. While parts of the images are immediately recognizable, being confronted with the photographic media interrupts any attempt at superficial reading. In viewing them we are encouraged to reflect upon photography’s role in cultivating commonly accepted ideas about nature, and to remain conscious of how those ideas influence our valuations and actions toward it.
These images are culled from tens of thousands of corrupt files. To maintain the integrity of the computer’s interpretation, I have optimized their density and contrast but not altered image content or layered images.