. uneasy landscapes
In my galleries representing Beauty from Disorder and Beauty from Darkness, the felt internal tension between the viewer's pull toward the aesthetically seductive presentation, on the one hand, and an urge to pull away from the otherwise repellant content, on the other, becomes the essence of these beauty experiences.
Seeking to introduce a similar background tension into the beauty of some of my landscape images, I have also experimented with moving past the conventionally picturesque toward what I call uneasy landscapes.
These are handsome places that would ordinarily manifest the genre's usual appeals and draw the viewer in, as a traditional, anodyne landscape painting will do, but which trigger instead a damped reaction. However lovely these outdoor pictures may be to look at, they also convey an offputting sense of coldness, brokenness, or personal limbo. For these reasons, they are alienated images that the viewer will probably hesitate, by some instinct of self-protection, to project himself into. Gorgeous places to visit, perhaps, but one would never want to live there, unless one had a mind of winter.