Artist Barry Underwood documents full-scale installations he builds on-site in the landscape. Curiosity about ecological and social history of specific places drives his work. By revealing the beauty and potential of an ordinary landscape an everyday scene is transformed into a memorable, visual experience. Each photograph image is a dialogue – the result of his direct encounter with nature and history. Inspired by cinema, land art, and contemporary painting, the resulting photographs are both surreal and familiar. This tension between the familiar and the surreal gives the images a strange power.
"If you want to interpret a flower, you can mimic it, and it will be everybody’s flower, banal, without interest. Or on the contrary, if you put the beauty of that flower and the emotions it evokes into your dead body, the flower that you create will be true and unique and the public will be moved."