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A Brief Interview with Noelle McCleaf

“Before Hurricane Irma, I spent a week frantically throwing all of my belongings into plastic bags. […] I came to the obvious realization that most of us, myself included, have an unhealthy addiction to things. Trying to move and protect all of my belongings exhausted me so thoroughly that I simply left some things unwrapped. […] If I’ve learned anything from my subjects, it’s that we humans have a long way to go if we want to continue living on this planet, and we only have to look back a hundred years to understand that we are very capable of living without many of the things we think we ‘need'[.]”

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A Brief Interview with Colin Stearns

“I’ve always felt that the urban blight was the opposite end of the connective tissue of living. We really can’t have Central Park without the landfill that supports the garbage left there or the bulldozed refuse that created that space […] Someone has felt this before, is feeling this, and perhaps that this is the proper and eventual flow of the universe. I believe it might be through this that we have hope.”

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A Brief Interview with Joel Whitaker

“I want to work through the visual problem of not what a photograph is of, but what it is about and how do I, as a viewer and maker, understand, appreciate, and create that meaning from the experience of viewing. Is the photograph a neutral space in which we are being invited in, or is it charged with meaning and we are expected to respond in whatever way we think is appropriate. It can be difficult.”

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A Brief Interview with Willson Cummer

I take from [Thoreau] a sharp focus on the near-at-hand, the excitement and adventure that can be had daily in one’s own neighborhood. […] Robert Adams suggested that we should explore the “half-wild” nature that now surrounds us, as “unspoiled nature” no longer exists. The suburb, which is often criticized as a path to destroy nature, is a rich area to explore the intersections between humans and nature.

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A Brief Interview with Lorena Turner

“[T]here is a momentum that accumulates and feeds movement in a certain direction, it increases in volume and amasses responses or reactions that underscore it. Then there is a period of deflation. During the deflation period the original form is intact and the idea of momentum in present, if only by reference, but the direction slightly changes to accommodate the specific set of circumstances of that time.”

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