A secular landscape generally contrasts sacred sites, but is still able to mimic this process. It can be seen as the liberation of consuming nature from any kind of use-value, commerce or narrative into a meditation that is represented by nature for nature’s sake. Nature itself is a veil of the past bringing up the question of who forgot who.
The landscape aesthetic of non-western cultures are consistently characterized as placing a kind of holiness on to the landscape withholding the secular model from these cultures. According to imperialists, the native inhabitants are also too primitive to be seen as separate from the landscape which prohibits them from understanding the aesthetic and material wealth of the land. As a result, the western visual language is able to lay the groundwork to utilize a new ideological and cultural tool of domination and subordination through natural conditions.
Landscape is something to be seen not touched turning a place into a visual image and a visual image into an idea. In order to obtain inclusivity and multiplicity of images the interpretation and rejection of a previous understanding of landscape used for political purposes are then replaced with a new critical dialogue of the admiration of the holy landscape.
A lot can happen on a walk, nature is untrustworthy.
I am a visual artist and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. This past March I participated in a residency program in Ecuador called Nave Proyecto where the majority of these images are from. My work tends to focus on the visualization of the nuances in nature and the political poetics that can be found through close observation and critique.