Monday, March 7, 2011

Photography as Painting

Photographer Lynn Geesaman recently caught my eye with her painterly and ethereal depictions of gardens and natural landscapes. This particular photograph of a live oak at a Louisiana plantation evokes the kind of psychological drama she has come to be known for. I'm reminded of another favorite photographer, Sally Mann, whose love of similar landscapes produced the collection "Deep South."

Of all the places to which I've traveled in America, the deep south seems the most stirringly real and unreal at the same time. Southern cities such as New Orleans and Savannah evoke this unreal, hazy, dreamlike quality born of deep history, misty weather, and tortured treescapes. Lynn Geesaman captures this imaginative world both through the images she chooses to capture and through her use of diffusion techniques that evoke the shifting qualities of light and the landscape.