(Photo credit: Dorothy O’Connor, Forest from the series In the Landscape; Director’s Selection)

The figures in Dorothy O’Connor’s In the Landscape are largely faceless. Observed at a distance, predominantly from behind, O’Connor’s subjects provide entry points to a much longer story. The 8×10 view camera’s swing and tilt magic enables exacting direction of the viewer’s attention through selective focus.

She writes:

Even thought this series seems based on the traditional landscape, the photograph actually begins as a picture in my imagination. The selection of the location and the positioning of the model within the landscape, expresses a specific emotion or feeling. Visually expressing a state of mind is largely what this ongoing series is about.
The 8×10 field camera and film which I use to capture this work, demands patience and deliberateness to operate. This process allows me to experience the original mental image in a physical way, connecting me in an external way with the feeling I was driven to express.

More of Dorothy’s work can be seen at www.dorothyoconnor.com