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In my experience the natural world speaks to us in metaphors – the repetition of waves, the juxtaposition of decaying leaves and new growth, footprints in the sand leading to infinity.

My process is to immerse myself in the vast openness of a place, and attempt to convey a more universal – even archetypal – aspect about the space to the viewer. My goal is to simplify, distill and convey images that will resonate with the viewer on a deeper level than purely visual.

The challenge of revealing the universal nature of a place is twofold: a photographer must choose a singular point of view, and a camera records a literal interpretation of that view. Additionally, a place always conveys tension with competing visual stories. For me, the work is looking beneath the presenting surface, examining the deeper influences and choosing one.

My photographs are intended as an invitation to a visual journey where refining visual distraction into a single story resonates with the viewer on a familiar and more intimate level.

Lawrence Crandall, 2019