The Luminous Landscape Grant

Submissions Listing

Current Submissions

These are all of the current grant submissions, newest first.


Christoph Lingg - Vienna, Austria

A series of landscapes in the Nordic countries reduced to their structures, forms and geometric patterns into their essence.

Landscape: interrupted

Olga Roszkowska - Mazovia, Poland

A documentary project complemented by anthropological research on the questions raised by dramatically transforming, ever-increasing trend of post-tourism and expectations towards accessibility of primary landscape it creates. Simultaneously, this type of landscape is rapidly disappearing due to the expansion of heavy industry in remote, wild, diverse regions. I want to examine how far the mark of human activity stretches and how wilderness now has to be manufactured for the sake of tourists.

Polar Landscape Narratives

Shaun O'Boyle - Massachusetts, USA

A project that looks at the landscapes and written narratives of the early explorers of the Arctic and Antarctic.

The Desert Moment

Serge J-F. Levy - Arizona, United States

“The Desert Moment” is a book project composed of “momentary landscapes” of the Southwestern wilderness. I borrow from the methods of “street photography”—the spontaneous reaction to stimuli in urban landscapes—and apply them to the desert backcountry to expose the moment-to-moment beauty, mystery, and biodiversity of the desert. The project challenges notions of street photography as an urban genre and of landscape photography as a genre that principally celebrates the sublime or pristine.

Surveillance Landscapes

Marcus DeSieno - FL, United States

"Surveillance Landscapes" is a photographic series that I have been working on for two years where I have been hacking into surveillance cameras around the world and photographing the landscape in order to re-think our relationship to the land, borders, and power in our global surveillance state.

My proposal is to use these funds to help create my first artist monograph from this series and I have teamed up with Daylight Books, a photo-book publisher out of North Carolina, to help.

Forest Healing - Immersive Photographic Exhibit

James Bourret - ID, United States

I am seeking a grant of $5000.00 for travel to British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest to continue the development of a body of work of large scale prints of deep forest settings. In this project I am seeking to develop an exhibition of extremely large scale photographs for installation in healthcare settings. I hope to establish a connection between the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku (healing forest immersion) and large scale landscape photography installations in healthcare settings.

The Midwest // The Suburbs

Seth Wheeler - IL, United States

The Midwest // The Suburbs is a photography project documenting the midwestern suburbs surrounding Chicago, Illinois. It focuses on elements of suburban decay, abandonment, and the idea that the portrayal of perfection is inherently flawed. The Midwest is meant to be shown in a coffee table book format alongside a gallery show. The images typically contain houses, cars, abandoned structures, garages, and documentation of the process of upkeep including yard work and tree removal.


Mark Eshbaugh - MA, United States

I would utilize funds from the grant to continue creating my fine art photographs highlighting critical national environmental issues with an advocate use of photography. My goal is to expand my advocate efforts for the environment beyond my previous studies of the Appalachians and the Atlantic coastline, and share other locations in need of a voice. The culmination of the series will result in a monograph of the work created and potentially a traveling gallery exhibition.

40 Miles of Water; the Seattle Waterfront and Duwamish Waterway.

Gary Sutto - Washington, USA

The enclosed work is from 40 Miles of Water; the Seattle Waterfront and Duwamish Waterway. The project began with a photograph I made at the edge of a bluff while visiting Discovery Park in Seattle. The concept of photographing our waterfront vista was born with the image of a dark, tree lined shore, under a cloudy sky lowering upon Puget Sound. The visual impression from that afternoon stayed with me and, with other like visits, has developed into a documentation examining our waterfront, incorporating the architecture, landscape (both public and private) and the recreational and industrial sites in close proximity to the water.

Faces and Places of Route 66

Rachel Richardville - Indiana, United States

Route 66 used to be known as the Main Street of America. It was one of few ways to get from the Midwest to the West Coast. Stopping along the way at all the unique towns and sites was the fun part of the long drive.

My project proposal is a new project, with the intent of producing a book and portfolio of fine art images and story of the people who still live on historic Route 66 today.

Nevada Mirage

Ryan Shorosky - New Jersey, United States

Nevada Mirage is an ongoing project and my first planned monograph that explores and examines the landscape and people that make up the isolated regions of central Nevada. The premise of the work consists of focusing in and around the small towns that have played significant roles in the area, specifically Amargosa Valley and the town of Tonopah, which shaped by their isolation, have become staples of the region’s history and culture, dating back to the early 20th century silver and gold booms.

Useful Conservation Photography for Public Benefit

Steven Martin - New Mexico, USA

I am in search of ways to support conservation and preservation of our federal public lands through my photography by donating my images forward for public benefit to agencies in need. To further that goal, I have volunteered to provide the National Park Service, El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments, with current, high quality, photographic images of these Monuments in all seasons for use in official website publication, brochures, interpretive signing and other official publications.

Rosy Peaks

Riley Ryan-Wood - Texas, United States

I would like to develop a portfolio of Icelandic landscapes which build upon my previous photographic exploration of light, composition and color in extreme environments.

Wind Water

Palani Moahan - Hong Kong, Hong Kong

This project in essence is about the energy that flows over Hong Kong. It’s a visual and artistic take using the elements of Feng Shui, wind, water, wood, metal, earth and fire as a concept and explore how and where this island state gets its chi.

Glaciers: Anthropogenic Artifacts

Kaitlin Miller - New York, United States

Alaska's glaciers are at a rapid decline, some receding at the rate of 1ft a day. Our own inhabitation of this earth has taken a toll on it’s natural resources.

My proposed project is to begin a series focused on glaciers of Alaska that will never be restored. While working with my partner, a geologist, I hope to capture the details of these landscapes that are changing daily. Ideally at the end of my project, I would hope to have a gallery exhibition paired with a photo book.

Variety wide view

V.A.Sanjeewa Jayarathne - Central Province , Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has numerous tourist attractions with areas of natural scenic beauty, primarily including beautiful mountainous terrains, agricultural landscapes forests, grasslands, inland wetlands, and coastal and marine ecosystems with diverse climatic conditions. As an evergreen country, which comprises lots of wonderful unique landscape areas that are hidden from the world and my project is intended to open up these hidden places to the public world.


Andrew Mroczek & Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo - Massachusetts, United States

Fatherland reveals the Peruvian landscape as sites of evidence within the extreme, yet common circumstances of violent hate-crimes toward the LGBTQ community. While Peru’s landscape is often celebrated for its rich cultural history, it also bares the scars of a violence born from patriarchal methodology and an intolerance that permeates its rural neighborhoods, farmlands, public parks, and urban districts.
The title of each image indicates the name of the victim and the nature of the assault.

New Work (Kabuki-O Series)

christian french - WA, USA

A new body of work using found and collaged objects arranged as if performing scenes referencing Japanese folk tales, Kabuki theater, and Ukiyo-E woodblock prints.

Last Exit

kürşat bayhan - İstanbul, Turkey

A mega project being built north of Istanbul has made escaping from the distopia that was the Gezi Park protests and entering a utopia an unreachable dream. Over 3 million trees were cut in a short period of time as part of construction work on the highways and roads leading up to the third bridge over the Bosporus, which is currently under construction. The path chosen for the highways and connecting roads is of vital importance to those of us living in the city because the lakes, wildlife and endemic plant species are a source of life for Istanbul. The history of the water resources found in and around the Belgrade Forest stretches back to Ottoman and Byzantine times.This all started about three years ago as an interview for a newspaper, but has since morphed into a responsibility I feel I have. I started photographing the changes in the city I live in as well as the topographic changes in the rural areas surrounding it. During my weekend trips to the construction sites and path of the highways and connecting roads, I took the time to speak with those living in the area. To illustrate this, I came up with a three-point metaphor involving rural life, the landscape and portraits.

Apple trees in square.

Marek Olszycki - Lodz, Poland

My idea is to prepare a kind of portraits of popular trees, more from the landscape or fine arts point of view, than the botanical one. I try to capture something unusual in their shape, colour and surface or even in the vicinity - to present their habitat as well. My effort is to explore some characteristic habitats of oaks, pines, birches and so on to complete this collection of photo-graphics and finally to prepare a publication in the form of book.

Our land - My Vision

Ronald Clayton Webber - Nova Scotia, Canada

A self published book, a retrospect of my landscape photography.

In-between Places - Sanctuaries of Singapore

Samuel Chia - Singapore, Singapore

In-between Places is a personal photography project that celebrates the unseen nature landscapes of Singapore. For the past nine years, I have endeavored to make photographs of Singapore that appear to be a wild landscape, free of the hand of man, a challenge because of how highly urbanized and densely populated the mainland is, second only to Monaco.

Borrowed Language

Elisa Chaudet - NJ, United States

This is the beginning of a body of work where I follow two friends doing American Revolutionary War reenactments in and around New Jersey. I intend to continue pursueing this work in order to further blur the lines between documentation, fabrication, and reenactment.

Jews in the African Diaspora

William Anthony Rasdell - INDIANA, United States

From that first footprint in the sand, as people have transversed the globe they have established and maintained an array of social and cultural traditions.This project represents phase three of an ongoing investigation into the migration of people of Hebrew heritage into and throughout the continent of Africa.

Get Loud:A Photographic Journey through Emotion

Deanna Phoenix - Wyoming, USA

My proposed project is to launch our Get Loud: A Photographic Journey through Emotions, with the intent of producing a body of fine-art images for a local gallery exhibition, where the community will be invited to witness the natural human emotions, silently depicted through images.

The Great Wide Open

Drew Rush - WY, USA

In southern Wyoming lies one of the most remote landscapes in North America. At almost 10,000 square miles, the Red Desert is home to a diverse landscape of geological features including buttes, hoodoo's and the largest active dune field in the United States. Although a desert ecosystem, a diverse amount of wildlife also lives within this expanse including elk, deer, pronghorn and wild horses. All of this lies at the end of numerous dirt and two track roads in the middle of no where, Wyoming.

Bike Art

Sharon Tenenbaum - BC, Canada

In The Bike Art Project I am trying to push the boundaries of standard photography by combining two of my passions. Cycling and Photography. Inspired by the Vancouver backdrop, I have embarked on crafting this body of work ‘Bike Art’ that depicts Vancouver scenes out of bicycle parts. So far I have three images completed in the project.