Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lisa Robinson


I came across Lisa Robinson's work in one of Photoeye's emails of new books - Snowbound.

Her work caught my eye because winter has almost arrived here (had one snowfall already) and I was thinking it was about time to finally try and get out and about this year and photograph the city in winter. It's a city that spends between a third to almost half the year under snow - so it's about time I explored my own particular (peculiar?) visual take on it - we'll see.


"Photographs with the tranquility one might feel after a fresh snowfall. Five winters long, the young American photographer Lisa M. Robinson took pictures in the snow. Snowbound shows landscapes in which everyday objects-alienated and sunken in snow-"civilize" the natural surroundings. Traces of human existence set accents in the white landscape, delimiting it and often popping up in an amusing or incongruous way. A lonely hammock, a trampoline, and a swimming pool are echoes of the summer past and of personal memories. But Robinson is not interested in showing the obvious; instead, she makes use of the many aggregate states of water-ice, snow, fog, and water-as metaphors for life and transience.".

While I quite like her work, overall as a series, I find it almost a little too isolated and minimal for my own tastes. Although I think there are a enough pictures that have a little something here or there - an orange marker pole, a break in the snow fence or whatever, to break up the perfection.

(BTW, her website doesn't seem to work properly in IE6, which is what I'm stuck with...)

4 comments:

blue robbin said...

lisa robinson's photos are refreshing. the white snow scenes are creates a sense of purity that brings new life.

Sam Kennedy said...

I get cold and lonely just looking at them. They really make me think about myself and life. It puts loneliness into perspective.

Mel Trittin said...

I saw her work in person at the Silverstein Annual in September. The prints themselves hold much more interest than the web represents. They are, however, in contrast to your style. I would love to see some of your thickets and alleyways in winter.

Colin said...

Heh heh, I just happen to be listening to some beautiful Finnish minimal techno from the early 90s (Mika Vainio as Ø) and these pictures suit the mood absolutely!