Copyright 2016 Barbara Kyne
Photographer: Barbara Kyne (b. Hoboken, New Jersey – resides. Oakland, CA)
Publisher: Daylight Books (USA)
Essays: Barbara Kyne, Susan Griffin, Jasmine Moorhead
Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color lithography, Index, printed in China
Photobook designer: Ursula Damm
Notes: Barbara Kyne and her partner Fran Lowe have property in Mariposa, located east of the San Francisco bay in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. The land is a bit rough and tumble, which is to say a little on the wild side. Although her book appears to be an abstraction of the natural landscape, Kyne is seeking to go beyond the apparent and investigate an aspect of nature that we do not usually think may be occurring; how does nature view itself?
In nature we take for granted that there is an active interplay between the wildlife animals, birds and other crawly creatures, but we have not been taught or made aware that perhaps the trees and vegetation may actively communicating among themselves. Kyne has tapped into the writings and scientific investigations that gives credence that plants and trees are in a sense actively communicating with each other. Thus raising the question; if plants and trees can perceive, what might they comprehend and what could that vision look like?
In discussing this book, she stated “And my work is about reality. Reality and time. I’m just looking at reality from what I imagine is the perception of another species. I’m attempting to expand our perception of reality and let go of or at least loosen the grip of our human-centric perception.”
Her photographs are abstract and very lyrical as I find Kyne’s hypothesis and subsequent investigating to be very intriguing and visually beautiful.
Other photobooks by Barbara Kyne reviewed on The Photobook: Gerhard Clausing’s review of By Fire