Anne Rowland

About the Virginia Landscapes

[draft] These pictures were made in Northern Virginia in a rural area comprised of old and new farms devoted to horses, cattle, corn, and hay. There are little villages that probably look a lot like they did 150 years ago. There are also new town-like suburban strip-malled things that have grown out of some of these little villages. Encroaching suburbanization by developers and private individuals seeking lower land and housing prices threatens the rural character and local customs of land stewardship. I am photographing the land for the aesthetic pleasure of being in it and looking at it and seeing what it looks like when it is photographed, as well as to document in extreme detail the way it looks now and probably won’t look in the future.

Unique to photography is its capability to stand-in for something real, to be a replica. To that end I like my photographs to be big and to be sharp, so that the image seems real and has a substantial physical presence on the wall. Equally important to me is that the photographs reveal how they are made: put together in sections, shot over time, essentially assembled. Typically they involve hundreds of individual frames, each focused individually. This is why every part of the picture is able to have information that is legible and becomes more so when it is more closely viewed.