“If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time
saying where you’re going.” –Wendell Berry
Photography has always played a major role in our culture’s
understanding of landscape as a physical, psychological,
cultural, and geological frontier. With this body of work I am
concerned with landscape as an active and participatory
concept that is constantly being reshaped and challenged by
human innovation and ideas. It acknowledges that the environment
is dynamic and constantly changing, retaining its ability
to reconstruct itself. The desert holds the weight of centuries
of idealization and reverence while succumbing to the very real
influences of human engagement. The images elegantly hint
at environmental concerns, while also drawing inspiration from
the past using historical photographs as reference points. With
my images I find myself within the long continued dialog
between photographers and landscape, where the land is man’s
protagonist, his hero, and his adversary.
Buzzy Sullivan explores the interaction of humans and place.
He grew up in Montana, which is often known as “The Last
Best Place” and is also home to the largest Superfund site in
the United States. Montana’s duality of pristine wilderness and
toxic remains formed his interest in the human/nature interface.
Buzzy received his BFA in Photography from Oregon College
of Art & Craft in 2013, and is currently pursuing his MFA in
Photography from Arizona State University.