Two images side-by-side of a plastic sheet blowing in a landscape.

Jonathan Sprague

Affiliate, 2016 - 2017
Graduate Fellowships, 2015

Artist Statement

Realizing that the limitations of the photographic medium and the allowances of an unchanging image are a photographer’s grace and undoing, my recent work is an effort to expand on a singular moment. I use photography to extract a scene, whether it is fictionalized or a story based within the context of reality. My work is born from an exploration of the bond between humankind and nature, abandonment and growth – human impact on transforming landscapes.

I’m moved by places where damage and wonder seem inextricably entangled. I believe that our relationship with the natural world is a troubled one that can never be otherwise under the present cultural dispensation. I am inspired to document the remains, the societal footprints and detritus, hidden in our periphery, occupying the margins of our day-to-day existence.

While At Headlands

At Headlands Center for the Arts I will use the geological richness of the surrounding landscape for inspiration. I plan to expand on a recent body of work recording my investigations of land formations, the weathering force of ecosystems, and related natural processes. These experiments may blur the photographs with ephemeral sculptural studies—collaborating with natural and manmade materials.