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    When faced with the problem of extending a plank of wood both physically and conceptually, naturally I turned to burning it. To me, wood has play… Read More
    When faced with the problem of extending a plank of wood both physically and conceptually, naturally I turned to burning it. To me, wood has played an incredibly vital role in my life as well as the lives of my family members. We are dependent upon this resource as a form of heat. From it we receive warm air and hot water. Without it, life in the bitter cold of winter would be unbearable if not impossible. We spend weeks preparing each season by locating the wood, cutting it up, transporting it, splitting it, and stacking it into organized rows. The process is both methodical and traditional. Each fall the sound of chainsaws, wood splitters, and logs banging upon one another can be heard in abundance near my home. It is because of this that I chose to transform my plank back into its original form, a log. The physical extension of this plank falls right in line with the original material. The plank is wood, as is a log. However, the log is recreated and therefore still seems unnatural despite the fact that the material and the transformation are both naturally occurring. Therefore it seems quite out of place when set next to actual logs. A direct connection lies between the material I was given for this project and the site in which I worked it into. The site that I eventually chose was in and around the areas that logs are gathered and burned outside my home. I knew that I wanted the site to be somewhere inside or near my home but, I was not certain on what the final image was to be; whether a single picture or a collaboration. I planned on photographing the process of the log burning so with that in mind every image I needed had to be taken before that point. The first few pictures I took were of the log on the lathe. It’s not exactly clear to me what I was going for but, I was beginning to play with the idea of manufacturing the natural and how most homes no longer rely on wood as a source of warmth. I also wanted to treat the object as a piece of formal artwork so I took a series of pictures of the log against a gray backdrop. To this point, none of the images seemed to have any sort of charge, no emotional spark. It was when I began taking pictures at home that they started to really develop conceptually. Continuing to play with the idea of wood vs. gas heating, I took several pictures of the log on and in the vicinity of a propane tank. I then moved into the house and toyed with the concept of the bi-products of burning the log. I placed the log in front of a faucet, shower, and a heat register. However, compositionally these images never matured. Finally it was at the point of burning the log that decent pictures turned out. In the end, the image chosen juxtaposes the refabricated log against natural logs, shows it in the process of burning, and is great compositionally. It is here that the material meets its final destination, what it was destined to do, burn. Due to the time that I devote to working with wood, it only seemed right for me to work with this project the way I did. So much of my life has depended on wood as a source of warmth and a significant amount of time is spent preparing it to be burned. By working through a few different ideas, what was settled upon as a final image is one that is complete; tying both the physical and conceptual extensions together and uniting them with a relatable site in a clean composition. Read Less
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