QT Luong     Park Nature Views     statement  

  Growing up in France, my previous wilderness experiences were limited to the icy peaks of the Alps. After arriving in America, I was immediately drawn to the extraordinary natural diversity offered by the US National Parks. I felt the spiritual need to share the sense of wonder and passion inspired by those lands.

On a more abstract level, I was interested in the individual character of each place; how each one represents a set of unique ecosystems, yet collectively, all are interrelated and interconnected like a giant jigsaw puzzle. To perform those comparative studies, I spent the past twenty years photographing each of the 59 national parks with typological depth, returning at different seasons and traveling far into the backcountry.

The five series leverage a variety of photographic approaches, as we move through different scales. We start with a wide perspective, dominated by diverse lands, which are unified by a similar horizon line. We then turn to a more intimate landscape, and then look straight under our feet (The Ground) for an even smaller - and often overlooked - view. The microscopic is revealed in The Grain Sands, through using computer-controlled field equipment that makes sharp enlargements of 100 times possible; after which we return to the macroscopic and cosmic in The Night, where recent advances in digital photography help to capture the stars in the prominent sky. Within the series, each image is from a different national park.

For the two first series The Horizon and The Environs, I had found the perfect tool in the 5x7 large format camera. Its unparalleled descriptive power and the deliberate mind it requires helped me to communicate how the land reveals itself to a viewer in a state of heightened awareness. The visually complex and widely encompassing, yet detail-laden images, invite us to have a closer look that allows us to stand before the landscape as if we were there ourselves, entering through different doors and exploring different rooms of a dear home that really matters to us all.

Park Nature Views