Landscape Photographer: Eva Iacono
Frequent Focus: Hamptons
Artwork: Cuadrados y Angulos, 2014. (Squares and Angles)
In her words:
I consider myself so fortunate to live a short car ride from the ocean and the bay here on the South Fork, and I take almost daily walks in all seasons. The photograph Cuadrados y Angulos was taken on the morning of October 10, 2014 when I rushed out to try to catch a glimpse of the ‘Blood Moon’ setting. The sky and the horizon were full of huge billowy clouds and the moon was impossible to see but the contrast of the clouds with the straight lines that designated parking spots and the shapes of the cabanas struck me. The image made me recall the poem by Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni who bemoans the lack of individuality in society through her metaphors of the angular shapes of human constructions. The title of the photograph comes from her poem.
On a spiritual and even political level, I feel that our lives in industrialized societies close us off from the everyday experience of the wonders of the natural world. To document the spectacle of landscapes through photography is a way to show that the outdoor places should regain a more prominent role in our lives. Landscape photographs should be a means of inspiring a response of awe in the viewer.
As a young adult, I met a person who said that humans need to visit places where they can see the horizon. I hadn’t given these words much thought years ago but now this statement returns to me again and again. In this period of artistic unfolding with the landscape as my new subject, I am coming to understand the full depth of the significance that viewing a vast expanse of our natural world has on us. I hope that my photographs resonate with this inherent need to connect to the landscape and the primordial need to read the messages the landscapes can hold.
Eva Iacono's work has been exhibited in galleries in Spain and Long Island, NY. They include RJD Gallery, Solar Contemporary, Applied Arts, Stony Brook University, Mills Pond House, BeUnico Gallery and others. She is based in East Hampton, N.Y.
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