Lines in the Sand
Lines in the Sand explores the interconnection between the constructed and the natural environment over time. The photographs focus on Greece, whose landscape provides an incomparable paradigm for the eternal kinship and struggle between mankind and nature. The images employ the techniques of archaeological aerial survey, combining its two fundamental views: the oblique and the vertical. The oblique emphasizes the shape and flow of the land, illuminating the geomorphology, the chorography, the flora, buildings, and walls; the vertical serves to map the relationships among these features. Together, the combination contextualizes anthro-topography within the landscape.
By its nature, aerial imagery disconnects us from the land and allows us to examine our world from a distance. Like archaeologists, we try to read the images in order to understand these scant traces of human activity imposed on the vast landscape and what they reveal about our relationship with the forces of time and nature, forces that ultimately render everything equal, whether natural or manmade.
Although these images are inspired by science, perhaps more importantly they serve as a powerful testimonial to nature’s preeminence. In a world gripped by pandemic, we are reminded that nature and time are ultimately beyond our control.