Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Forest, a body of work by the Czech-born photographer Jitka Hanzlová, depicts the forest around the village where the artist lived as a child. Though beautiful, the images are also dark and vaguely disturbing. They remind me of Brothers Grimm fairytales, in which the world is unpredictable, dangerous, and fascinating. Hanzlová's work is engaging without resorting to sentimentality and suggests to me that there is plenty of room in this academicized photography world for imagination and wonder. The images above have influenced my work and how I think about the possibilities of photographing landscape.