Whether we’re executing a drawn landscape, choosing a viewfinder expanse, or otherwise processing imagery adapted from three dimensional space, we’re assigning a framework with physical borders (and even ideologies).

Our approach to defining and framing informs both our understanding of “landscape” and our individual relationship to it. Elements are included and excluded in the same way physical geology creates divisions, political control asserts boundaries and spacial definitions, and our own personal experience or legal access limits terrain we’re allowed to interact with.

The Cascade captures moving, processed landscape that’s at once frozen in a particular linear moment of time, a physical position on the original analog tape, a digital number-point on the streaming video version, a single snap on a cell phone camera, a passage through one digital system as it’s processed for clarity, then delivered at another distinct, linear moment on a blog, itself constructed and reconstructed each time the page is loaded or viewed. Programmed numbers align to give you the experience you’re having now in this fluid moment, as various points of data converge in a digital space-place of their own.

The images are tied to childhood locales for me (and others), a frozen decade with its micro and macro associations, a geographic point in the history of the North American plate and a geopolitical climate that has given me access to the tools needed to generate images for consumption. I’ve chosen to exclude other areas I’ve lived–in order to focus on the unique harvesting of culturally shared, yet micro-meaningful visual landscapes, themselves defined by political and social boundaries. The film companies, after all, are only allowed to shoot video in certain spaces, whether controlled by law or finance. Catching moments that reveal the landscape itself is tricky, buried in action sequences or opening rolls. The hunting, gathering, framing and recording of each geographical instance is deeply rooted in a bigger understanding of what it means to define space, to inhabit place and to abstract concepts of land and home.

How do we inhabit the very idea of place and space, and how does our understanding of space-place inform our creative and intellectual output?

Good things to ask, no matter what your project is about.

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