Last week I started a series of posts situating contemporary image makers within movements in an effort to make connections to trends I see taking shape. Last week, I featured the work of some of my favorite “Humanists”. This week, I wanted to take a look at the new “Romantics”; image-makers revisiting ideas of a “return to natural states”. Immediately I thought McGinley but, I wanted to feature some of the lesser known photographers working around these ideas. Here are a few of my current favorites…
It was on hubs’ visually stunning/challenging tumblog, Artifacting that I first saw the work of Anna Verlet. While there is little information available on Verlet or her work, it is clear that her relationship with nature is a very important aspect of her work.
Nicholas Gottlund, proprietor of Gottlund Verlag, a small run artist book publishing house in bucolic Kutztown, PA., makes beautiful work about nature and our experience of nature. At once personal and philosophical, Gottlund ’s work stands out for its quiet, contemplative aesthetic.
Christopher Schreck caught my eye in the latest Tomorrow e-mailer sent out by Humble Arts last week. Colorful and dreamy, the work feels like a documentation of the most beautiful day you never remembered.
Finally, Bryan Schumaat’s somewhat darker images involve more of man’s interaction with or evidence in that natural environment while also drawing on a romantic notion of the American road.