Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Carolyn Monastra
Brooklyn NY
Updated: 2017-01-19 02:19:15


My photographs are influenced, in large part, by my deeply-felt connections to the land. I draw from fairy tales, myths, the fragmentary space of dreams and my personal experiences with the environment to discover and create mystery in the realm of the natural world. Whereas most landscape photographers seek out grand sweeping vistas, I am interested in the smaller, somewhat sinister worlds that exist off the beaten path. It is a darker, enigmatic beauty to which I am drawn - that of the shadowy forests of Hansel and Gretel not the pristine views of Ansel Adams.

The work presented here is from two projects: "lovely, dark and deep" - a series of forested landscapes taken at twilight and "The Witness Tree" a project about landscapes in their twilight - those that are being affected by climate change.

Increasing numbers of wildfires, melting glaciers, and more frequent and severe tropical storms illustrate how global warming is generating disasters that affect the lives of millions, and irretrievably alter the landscape. For "The Witness Tree" I am targeting locations that represent a diversity of climates and cultures to demonstrate that this is indeed a global epidemic. From the melting Arctic ice cap to wild fires in Australia, I have selected places that will represent how geographically widespread these changing climate conditions are. By photographing these places I aim to honor them and draw attention to the ways that these changes in the climate are affecting the world around us in ways that may not always be visible at first glance. I hope that viewers of my work will then consider the ways they can change their own behaviors and become more active in changing policies to mitigate further damage.

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