The open road has long been synonymous with freedom. We lose a piece of that freedom when our ability as individuals to experience our natural world is diminished by development, private ownership and restricted access. Living in a state of climate change denial we bury our faces in screens and further distance ourselves from nature. Ultimately, our habits shape our habitat. Possession, consumption and the impact of our habits on our natural resources and wildlife are the focus of my latest work. During the fall I returned, after thirty years, to the Columbia River Basin: my homeland as well as a major natural resource. Hiking, camping, and documenting throughout the Columbia River Basin, this exploration began on the Columbia River at the Bonneville Dam and ended at the Columbia Ice Fields in British Columbia. An archive of nine thousand photographs, taken during this period, is being used to create a large body of work. Continue Reading...
Deb Hall received her BFA in Photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA in Digital Visual Art from Vermont College. She also studied at both the Art Center College of Design and Kent State University in communication design and typography. Continue Reading...
There were many strong bodies of work submitted, all deserving of the acknowledgment that such a fellowship brings. For the juror this is an impossible process of sifting through an abundance of worthy work. Ultimately, it comes down to the preference, if not prejudice, of the selector. My preference is for pictures that are about ideas. These don’t have to be complex ideas, but they must show the ability to define a project and move it forward with consistent quality of mind and vision.
Willis E. Hartshorn is the Senior Deputy Director at the International Center of Photography.