Todd R. Forsgren
Ornithological Photographs / The World is Round / Post-industrial Edens / Resume
Untitled Re:Iterations / An Imperfect Representation / Other Works / Order a Book

Staring at the Sky and the Screen
Dreaming of Other Celestial Bodies

Wondering What They're Looking at

Breaking Branches and Bending Grids
Measuring Half-lives on the Horizon

Artist's Statement

Afterwards Comes Oblivion,
 49 4”x5” archival inkjet prints, 2015.
Afterwards Comes Oblivion,
 animation, 2015.

John McKee first showed me Walker Evan's photographs.
We looked carefully at one of a fairly open landscape:
Rocks, scrub, and bushes with a lone tree on the horizon.

John talked about it in his soft and understated way,
“consider the difference between looking and seeing.”
John was always looking for the bones of the landscape,

Trying to see the architecture that held it together. 
I wanted to see what held that photograph together,
So I scanned and printed it, over and over again. And again.

The landscape faded, the tree became a mushroom cloud. 
It was abstracted more and more, until nothing was left.
I'm certain someone reconsidered this photo before I did.