In Pleasant Valley, NY, at the crossroads of Gretna and Melville, sits a dairy farm. In the series “Functional Ground”, I explore the visual terrain of this working farm and the roads and fields surrounding it. Shooting with a shallow depth of field, I highlight selected elements over others to manipulate the viewer¹s sense of space, texture, and scale, in turn drawing new relationships between the forms inside the frame.
These photographs depict a perspective seen only via the camera lens. Each image is titled with the date and the Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates of the point from which it was photographed. Using this data emphasizes the connection between the interpreted image and the physical source. While the images show a natural environment marked by human use, the GPS coordinates refer to my tracks as I photograph this environment throughout the changing seasons.
Torrance York (New Canaan, CT) received her MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA in American Studies from Yale University. She has exhibited her work at the Silvermine Guild Galleries in New Canaan, the Print Center in Philadelphia, Peck Arts Center Gallery at Wyoming College, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC. York was an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, has been published in Photo Review, and has received numerous awards including those from the Silvermine Guild Gallery.