The Altered Landscape

The Altered Landscape - New Space Center for Photography

Shirtwood Phenomenon; Maine 1963

Marianne McCarthy

I’m very excited about the opportunity to participate in the upcoming show “The Altered Landscape” opening up tomorrow night at The New Space Center for Photography. The Altered Landscape is an exhibition culled from over 200 local, national and international entries. Photographers were asked to submit depictions of an “altered landscape”.  I’m happy to offer up my own attempt – I’m even more interested to see what others have pictured and explored.

Hill [Pre-Illinoian Glacial influence, East Central Iowa]
Hill [Pre-Illinoian Glacial influence, East Central Iowa]
Matt Niebuhr – 2006

Altered Landscapes: Natural Forces is part of a series of photographs in combinations among other things…

This old hill, an apparent remnant of glacial action, is located in Eastern Iowa between the boundaries of the Illinoian glacial limit and the Late Wisconsin glacial limit – likely formed during pre-Illinoian time.

The time interval between 310,000 and 128,000 years ago is referred to informally as Illinoian time.   The time prior to Illinoian time (more than 310,000 years in age) is referred to informally as pre-Illinoian time. Several pre-Illinoian glaciations occurred during pre-Illinoian time.  I grew up in Iowa – much if not quite most of Iowa was at one time or another forever altered by the ebb and flow of glaciers  – way before any human touch – but now just how different it has become from that which I experienced some brief 37 years of my life.  And so the subtle shapes of the land of my childhood – deeply embedded in my most brief existence and memory – have been and will always be altered landscapes.

Come to the show – see what you see – First Friday opening reception is tomorrow night already – Feb 8th – 7 – 10 pm.

The show runs February 8th through 26th.

Newspace Center for Photography
1632 SE 10th Ave. Portland, OR
Monday-Friday 10am-8pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 12-8pm

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