places real & imagined
The Neptune Fountain in Berlin was built in 1891and designed by Reinhold Begas. The Roman god Neptune is surrounded by four women representing the four main rivers of Prussia at the time: the Elbe, Rhine, Vistula and Oder. The fountain is in the Mitte section of Berlin, formerly the heart of East Berlin.
Imagery includes the Indian Ocean photographed in Medjumbe, Mozambique and photographs of oil spills on the street in the USA. Pigmented inks on rag paper 30" x 24".
The use of photography for marketing and advertising purposes, such as selling a condo, is inherent as the age of mechanical reproduction thrives. Researchers know that an imagined object is as real, to our brains, as an object, which is seen. My photographs include the wrinkled plastic photographic banners, hints of the construction site behind translucent areas in the banner, and the “actual” beach scene where all this is taking place.
In The Wall, a section of the Berlin Wall was photographed in a small public park in NYC. The wall is a symbol of a divided and violent past but it is also art and was part of the urban landscape. My photograph of the wall has been added to the Namibian landscape where it blocks a giraffe’s centuries-old path. It is once again a concrete symbol of division as Namibians struggle with land redistribution policies after years of German colonization. (The wall is no longer in the NYC park.)
My photographs begin in Africa and end in the United States where structural modifications of the environment change the way we think, and interact with the people, places and life forms around us.