Nov 17, 2009
Josh Poehlein is a Rochester Institute of Technology Photography Graduate. I stumbled upon his work the other day and I really dug it. His pieces are the perfect mix of photography and doodling - something I rarely (if ever) see. I find this to be a very interesting approach so I figured it might be nice to share some of his work with you today. He calls this collection "Borderlands".
Borderlands explores the possibilities of photographic landscape by emphasizing spaces where the passage of time can be seen more clearly. Structures separate new from old, cultivation from neglect, and mine from yours. At these borders fresh water passes by stale buildings, plants push up through concrete, trees hide behind fences, or the structures themselves begin to disintegrate. These divisions highlight attempts to use and compartmentalize the landscape, as well as to repress and ignore the change contained within it. By drawing in white, information is removed from the images, reminding the viewer that a landscape is incomplete without a history or potential future. The pieces in Borderlands are a meditation on the possible, what could have been or what could be.