The photographs in this series entitled Scarred Land, which were all produced in Israel, deal with war, the damage it inflicts upon the terrain, and the natural recovery over time. The battle sites and military training zones depicted have not been memorialized or preserved in any way, and are now naturally recovering from the inflicted trauma as well as being reclaimed by the earth. The focus of the imagery on war zones is to portray to the viewer that this is how we, as human beings, treat each other and the world we live in.
My photographs are primarily landscape based, dealing with the environment, the ways in which human beings affect it and leave their mark upon it. Since the focus of my imagery relies heavily on society and civilization’s impact upon the environment, I am sensitive to my process being as non-invasive as possible- staying true to the unaltered landscape. I have a desire for my photographs to be ‘pure’, as in true to the original medium. My employment of a traditional tool of landscape photography, the 4x5 camera, and using minimal alterations to compliment my ideology fits in well with my artistic expression and vision.
Beth A. Gilbert is a fine art photographer based in Rochester, New York. She earned a BA in art with a concentration in photography from Simmons College, Boston and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, the Danforth Museum of Art, Black Box Gallery, the Hadassah Gallery in Jerusalem, and has been featured on blogs such as Lenscratch and New Landscape Photography.
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