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Erin O’Flynn
Erin O’Flynn

Erin O’Flynn

My black-and-white photographs investigate the confusing experience of differentiating the natural from the unnatural in designated American cultural and historical sites. Classic documentary landscape photography has been built on the presupposition of a dichotomy between man and nature. Photographers such as Frank Gohlke see nature as the ultimate conquering force of human beings; Robert Adams has commented on the beauty of nature and man’s intrusion into it. In contrast, my own photographs explore a more complicated relationship in which the man-made and the natural often echo each other: A window’s reflection resembles a landscape with Mt. Fuji; a lone tree in a broad plain appears intentionally planted, landscaped. Placing the viewer within the landscape to construct a more immediate and personal experience, my pictures suggest the interbeing of the places we construct and what is already there.