True North: Landscape in the Anthropocene

Tama Baldwin's avatar Tama Baldwin

We’ve entered the Anthropocene, the unofficial new name for our geological era popularized by Nobel Prize winning climate scientist Paul Crutzen who believes the impact our species has had upon the planet since the industrial revolution is so consequential it is time to rename the era accordingly. True North is a series of large format digital photographs of the arctic and subarctic tundra biome that deliberately reference 19th century landscape paintings. As a photographer I share the Romantic preference for vast horizons and the supersaturated drama of climate and geology, but what was metaphor for my predecessors is now literal for me: the glow on the horizon of my night images is not cosmological; the clouds roiling over tundra contain more than seasonal rain--they are direct evidence of rapid climate change. I prefer making prints that are painterly, but in the end despite all its subjective suggestiveness my work is obliquely documentary.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: pigment prints
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 16 inches