“How can you use nature to make
new designs without permanently
disrupting the natural world?”
– In a general sense, it is art that helps
improve our relationship with the natural
world by involving a spectator in the piece.
This living worldwide movement is growing
and changing as you read this.
– Much environmental art is ephemeral
(made to disappear or transform), designed
for a particular place (installation) or
involves collaborations between artists and
others, such as scientists and educators
(cross-disciplinary). Cross-disciplinary can
also include a photography and a sculptor
working together or a single artist working
as both a photographer and sculptor.
– Born in 1956 in Cheshire, England
– Raised in Yorkshire, England
– Uses natural materials: snow, ice,
leaves, bark, feathers, petals, twigs etc.
to create outdoor sculptures of
simplistic design and balanced aesthetic.
– Goldsworthy records his work using
color film – so for Goldsworthy
photography creates a different artistic
experience as well as being a method of
documentation (in a sense fine art
photography + photojournalism).
– Deliberately works on location and work
with the landscape instinctively.
– “For me looking, touching, material,
place and form are all inseparable from
the resulting work. It is difficult to say
where one stops and another begins.”
– “Movement, change, light growth and
decay are the lifeblood of nature, the
energies that I try to tap through my
– “My approach to photography is kept
simple, almost routine. All work, good
and bad, is documented. I use standard
film, a standard lens and no filters.
There is an intensity about a work at its
peak that I hope is expresses in the
image. Process and decay are implicit.”
– Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a
German instructor of sculpture who
used his remarkable photographs of
plant studies to educate his students
about design elements in nature.
– Blossfeldt's photographs were made
with a homemade camera that could
magnify the subject up to thirty times its
actual size. By doing so he revealed
extraordinary details within the natural
structure of the plants.
– In the process he created some of the
most innovative photographic work of
his time. The simple yet expressive
forms captured on film affirmed his
boundless artistic and intellectual ability.