The first photo for Picturing Change’s 2014 auction is from the series “Controlled Burn at Ferry Bluff” by Jill Metcoff. This photo will be featured in Metcoff’s upcoming book FIRELINES.
Artist Statement: “I am captivated by the sight of fire; the speed of its trip through the landscape, its dance through plants and trees, the swirling white wraiths it leaves behind resembling morning fog.
The Ancients celebrated the mystery of fire: while it destroys, it replenishes; where it burns, plants flourish. Today fire in controlled burns enhances land management, reducing invasive species and nurturing biodiversity.
The first meadow burn I photographed was my own six acre prairie restoration. Since then, for the past four years it has been my privilege to accompany highly trained ‘burn teams’ as they worked in Midwestern fields, prairies and upland forests. We forged an understanding that as long as I wouldn’t get in their way they’d allow me to stand in the thick of things, lugging my tripod and large 6x17cm panorama, creating images of fire in unpeopled landscapes.
I have developed hands-in-the-dirt closeness to prairie and combined it with more than thirty years experience behind the lens and in the darkroom. As an artist I am nourished by fire and the land.”
Photo by Jill Metcoff.
This year we focus on the delicate balance between earth’s resources and human rights as our presence grows on a finite planet. We are picturing change through the sometimes beautiful and always compelling images that these interactions create. Curated by Erin Zhoushi and Linda Bergonia, the collection will have a special focus on Midwest photographers working at home and around the globe.
Picturing Change: A Delicate Balance
3rd Annual Photo Auction + Event
Friday, November 14, 2014
625 N Kingsbury Ave, Chicago, IL
Buffet Dinner & Drinks Art Activities for Kids (All Ages)
Tickets $50.00 $60.00 at the Door
$25.00 Students/Non-Profit Staff/Artists
or Support Us with a Sponsor Ticket $100.00