Family Outing is about my family at play, weekend’s together-outings at the lake. I have taken photographs of family vacations in the same place from 1973 through 2001. Besides boating, skiing, hiking, there was gunplay, target practice and trap shooting. Guns always around at some level, either the activity of recreational shooting or guns simply lying on a picnic bench or under the front seat of the car. They were part of the landscape and integrated into our lifestyle.
Guns and vacations went together in a normal way.
The markings on the land intrigued me I wanted to follow other jeeps tire tracks, other boats bobbing in hidden coves, other picnicking families to see if by chance they were like my family. Today, understanding how embedded fear shaped my vision, to seek clues and escape routes in the desert landscape.
The Nature series started ten years ago when I was working at a local auction house where I photographed during breaks and lunches. I found it curious the amount of household items; decorative, furniture, rugs, art and clothing that had a nature based theme to them. I became interested in how the natural world is viewed; the hierarchy of human above nature but also how we are drawn to bringing the "outside" in. The need to capture and control the wild aspects of the nature is so strong, that it transcends into almost all aspects of our daily life.
After working on individual projects photographed at the San Francisco Zoo, Estate Sale Environments, Empty Gardens and everyday people portraits and images, I realized there was connection between the bodies of work. It is all a work in progress but I believe how we treat animals and the environment is directly related to how we treat each other—human nature.
Cynthia Rettig 2011