Painting "Paint-Splattered Bark (homage to Garnett)" by Hunter Madsen

"Paint-Splattered Bark (homage to Garnett)"

 
TITLE - "Paint-Splattered Bark (homage to Garnett)"
WHERE - Vancouver, B.C. (2015)

Long before Edward Burtynsky's voluptuous aerial art photography, the genre was pioneered and perfected by William Garnett (1916-2006). Garnett's crisp, otherworldly images of the land shot (in both B/W and colour) from high above confound the viewer's sense of space, distance, and scale in a way that has become a model for my own approach toward the wondrously strange topographies of bark skins and other organic matter shot at intimate "macro-lens" distances.