All images from the series Animals Are Outside Today by Colleen Plumb
Review by W. Tanner Young
This classic series by #FilterFriend Colleen Plumb seems a fitting reminder for Earth Day. I have no doubt there will be a plethora of Ansel Adams posts showing the grandeur of nature. On the other side, perhaps an equal amount of Robert Adams and the New Topographics, showing the decline of nature under the grey suburban sprawl. Plumb’s work, however, beautifully and poetically shows the psychology and attitude of the human condition towards the natural world. We assign control over the natural world while still attempting, maybe even subconsciously, to feel like we’re connected to, and still just a part of a larger whole. Depictions of nature via artificial scenes and stuffed animals, or simulation of habitat with caged animals in zoos or at home - all serve to offer us a connection to the natural world, while keeping it at bay. Perhaps the fact that we need to set aside a whole day to ponder this idea (though do we really, anymore?) attests to the fact that we continue to distance ourselves from the natural order.