(Photo credit: Jeremy Roberts, “Cardboard Bed”)
Urban green space is a luxury many take for granted. The development of said spaces revolves around an idealization of man’s existence within natural space. Reality tends to trend differently. Photographer Jeremy Roberts examines the landscape of Golden Gate Park as it is, in light of what it was meant to be.
From his artist statement:
Golden Gate Park became visual evidence of an attempt to recreate and control the natural landscape within the city park system. This began an ongoing series that examines the omnipresent duality of man and nature. The park was built as a means to expand and develop westward.
Historically, as the west was won and the coastal waters reached, our gaze began to look backwards, to reexamine, refine and master the area that had been established. The park is not defined by expansion and new frontiers, rather it looks inward and creates a controlled and designed space.
Jeremy’s work can be seen online here
(Photo credit: Nancy Goldenberg, “Containment”)
At present, approximately 11 million people in the U.S., including 3-4 million children, live within 1 mile of a federal Superfund site. Photographer Nancy Goldenberg examines this corrosion of the American landscape via human measures. The mirror she holds reflects a disturbing picture.
In her own words:
The Tar Creek Superfund Site in Northeastern Oklahoma is the most polluted region in the United States, the result of unregulated lead and zinc mining. I grew up near there and, until the mid 1980s when the Environmental Protection Agency declared the area toxic, did not know the health risks associated with normal day to day activities. The mountains of gravel contain arsenic, lead, zinc, and other heavy metals affecting the health and welfare of local residents. These metals contaminate the landscape and have leeched into local ponds previously used as swimming holes. The new normal for local residents is a deadly mix of heavy metals inherent all parts of the community they called home–places where they worked, played and lived. The entire area has been condemned, and recently residents have participated in a government buy-out of their homes. The community is now gone; it no longer exists.