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Upcoming Exhibit: Arabia Mountain reclaimed

January 25, 2017

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“People forget but the landscape remembers.” – English photographer Simon Norfolk

This new body of work shades the light on the history of a place –  the former granite quarries at the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve in Lithonia, Georgia-  and explores the intricate layers that have shaped its existence.

Arabia Mountain is an intriguing place: it is granite monadnock, an isolated and exposed rock hill, one of the few found in Georgia. It has a unique topography and geology which allow unusual plants to thrive. Decades of stone extraction have shaped it distinctively and have created man-made walls. Yet after the quarry closed and the surrounding land was eventually preserved in the 1970s, the walls have returned to their natural state. In my eyes, they provide both a testament to the industrial past of this land and a beautiful metaphor for the resilience of nature.

While composing my images, I intentionally framed the massive granite walls so that they fill the visual space, leaving viewers no choice but to face their intriguing beauty and to contemplate the subtle nuances of color, shape and texture that define them.

The opening reception for this show is next week, Tuesday, January 31st but the exhibit will be up for a year or so. More events will be scheduled in the near future. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

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