Photo Essay: American Landscape

By Modern In Denver Magazine / Published by Modern In Denver Magazine
Welcome to Modern In Denver’s photo essay series. In each issue of the magazine, we give a talented photographer free reign to explore the modern world through his or her lens. The results offer insight into the way trained eyes see the things surrounding us. In this edition, we spotlight photographer Danae Falliers, and her series "The American Landscape: Abstracted." We hope you’re as inspired as we are by the possibilities and perspectives offered in these professional takes.
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"My work engages the American landscape. It can be read conceptually or formally, metaphorically or literally. The images are reductive, highly manipulated, and abstracted. One way to describe them is post-photography—another way: photographic drawing. I take a popular and emotional approach to my imagery."

-Photographer Danae Falliers


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"I am intrigued by ideas of transience, transcendence, and permanence. I’m interested in the co-existence of movement and stillness, color and pattern, realism and abstraction, flatness and depth. My work explores the evolution of the perceived landscape, created in part by the pervasive acceleration of images in modern life, which in turn has exponentially intensified and dulled our cognitive understanding of our environments. My pieces show the fleeting nature of transition, difficult to grasp but known to our perception, recognizable to our consciousness and memory."

-Photographer Danae Falliers

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"My process takes many steps. Sometimes an image is shot straight, in very detailed high resolution, or I use a slow shutter speed to capture an image with what I call "digital detritus." Most images are composites of two to five images, sometimes from the same landscape at the same time, or other places and times."


-Photographer Danae Falliers

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"There is digital manipulation both in contrast, exposure, and saturation (like in the darkroom), and in using selective color blending to remove or add, say, magenta and cyan. After the base image is finished, I work the image digitally using drawing and painting techniques including blending color, softening areas, taking a reductive approach to the image, and in most cases adding quite a bit of line work. I like the tension between soft and hard. My work is closely married to design, as well—in its structure, use of color theory, and its flexibility to work at different scales and sizes."

-Photographer Danae Falliers