Vézelay Seen from the South

Photograph - 56 x 84cm

Scapeland XVIII

Constructed photograph - 41 x 123cm

Landscape with Background Noise

Photograph - 56 x 84cm

Scapeland XVII

Constructed photograph - 41 x 123cm

In Alvor

Photograph - 36 x 54cm

Like Columns of Tiny Ants XX

Constructed photograph - 41 x 123cm

Sudek’s Trees IV

Photograph - 36 x 54cm

Like Columns of Tiny Ants XXX

Constructed photograph - 41 x 123cm

I work with the materials in my local environment.  My photographic works and occasional site-specific installations are mainly concerned with how to engage with the natural and cultural landscape of rural Norfolk at a time when landscape imagery is widely held in low critical esteem.  In my current work on the region’s woodlands and wetlands, I use paired images to make wide landscape-format pieces where the pairing is not always immediately obvious.  These constructed photographs present neither what the human eye sees nor what the camera can record at any given instant.  I like Jean-François Lyotard’s use of the term dépaysement (‘estrangement’) to characterize the otherness that he saw as ‘a precondition for landscape’.

Website: http://steve-baker.com