The elements take centre stage in a new group show Earth, Sea and Inbetween, including New England-born photographer Leah Oates at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, New York from September 1. Oates explores the natural landscape and human interaction with it by overlapping negatives of forests and skylines with images of telephone wires and road signs. The show seems a perfect accompaniment to this time of year, as the leaves start to fall - see it until October 14.
Describing her photography, Oates says, "The work I create first originates as a response to sites and objects that are ignored such as piles of trash, alleyways, overpasses or abandoned structures. In most instances the locations that I have shot in are not desirable travel destinations, are generally working class and are in industrial areas. This type of space has a personal resonance for me as I grew up in a very similar location in New England. I have a strong emotional connection, knowledge and familiarity with this kind of locality and want to document it in all of its poignant beauty."
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