“In another series called Daymoons, MacFarland records a different, but less frequent, phenomenon— the appearance of the moon before nightfall. Through capturing this evanescent quality of nature, paired with the distant graininess of his well-known and ever-present subject, the resulting works feel equally ephemeral and perpetual.” — Charles Bank Gallery
Ryan James MacFarland (b. 1985) creates photographs that address the intangible and transitory qualities of landscape. His images are born out of an overwhelming obsession with nature and its mechanics, notably Tide Study, a series capturing the moon above bodies of water before nightfall. MacFarland’s compositions are usually devoid of of human presence and are sometimes comprised of triptychs or pairings, or reproductions of the same image arranged in quadrants, forming a central diamond shape, suggesting the symmetry and patterns that exist in nature. His photographs reveal how he sees the natural world and attempt to break down the complex systems of nature to their base elements. MacFarland received a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University in 2006, and his work has been exhibited internationally.
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