Landscape involves many kinds of tensions, already the concept of landscape does. According to John Wylie (2007) one of them is the question of distance and proximity. On one hand landscape presumes distance, it is a technique for looking from afar, where the viewer sees through viewing conventions parts of the environment as a landscape. On the other hand landscape is necessarily lived and experienced, we cannot get outside of it, we live embedded in it, in the world. I thought about that tension today, when I spent a moment with the juniper alone, without witnesses. Actually my performance contains both dimensions of that tension. When placing the camera I utilize the distance it creates, and use it to frame a part of the environment as a landscape. When I go to the juniper, close, in the middle of it, I am part of the landscape and sense it. I no longer see the landscape but details, lights and shadows, the abundance of berries. I hear they ripen and turn blue in three years. - Next week I visit the juniper on Saturday; will the sun still feel warm?
|Kuva / Photo AA|