Into the Anthropocene

 

Part 1 - The Palouse

From the series, Into the Anthropocene

Officials who determine such things have concluded a new earth age is upon us. The Anthropocene, described as human influenced, where man’s activity has caused irreversible changes to climate, ocean and landform, supplants the Holocene age we have enjoyed for the past 10,000 years.  I am both concerned and curious how these changes impact our earth, and feel a need to begin addressing it in an ongoing way.

 

For this work, I traveled to the Palouse grasslands - now wheat fields - of eastern Washington, to immerse myself in a vast landscape terraformed and overlaid by commerce since before the dawn of the Anthropocene (1950 or so, TBD). I wanted to compose images in such a way as to allow changes caused by human activity to take visual precedence over landform, letting the human aspects guide my eye. Allowing human alterations to speak over the landscape itself, I envision a new landscape - more of its time. What is revealed is strangely alien, but completely human.

 

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