The Luminous Landscape Grant
Jim Sincock - WI, USA
Wisconsin Wilderness is a photography project which will document the nationally designated wilderness areas in Wisconsin with a goal to bring awareness to these important natural areas. The goal is to artistically document the diverse ecology and landscape while trying to capture the feel of solitude wilderness can offer. Once completed, the photo series will be presented as a photo book along with a gallery exhibit.
The Wilderness Act of 1964 was created to protect wild areas throughout the country. Wisconsin is home to seven National Wilderness Areas, which are a testimony to the stateís conservation legacy. Notable conservationists and environmentalists Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson, and former Wisconsin governor and the father of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, all called Wisconsin their home at one time. Six of Wisconsinís seven wilderness areas are open to the public and offer some of the best backcountry experiences in the state for those wishing to experience the solitude and beauty these wilderness areas can offer.
The goal of my project will be to create a body of work to be presented as a photo book, and perhaps a print exhibition, which will help bring awareness to these important wild areas in Wisconsin. This photo series will document the diverse vegetation and forests, lakes, streams, and wetlands, and the overall sense of solitude these areas have. Some areas may have the remnants of roads of railroad grades from logging the early 1900ís which will also be documented to show how nature reclaimed these areas. Images will be produced in color and black and white using large format film and digital cameras. Having grown up in Wisconsin, and recently moving back after twenty years in Colorado, I am inspired to photograph and share Wisconsinís most wild places which may be overlooked. These areas are as important and beautiful as more well known wilderness areas in the West.
I am a professional landscape photographer whose work has been displayed in galleries and art festivals around the country. I am a 2014 Racine Art Museum Fellowship recipient, and I have received various awards for my photography. I work with 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 cameras for much of my black and white work, and I use a professional digital camera for my color work. Iím an experienced printer both in the wet darkroom and with archival pigment printing, and I will be doing all of my own film developing and printing. I have additional background in publication design and can save on costs by personally designing and laying out the final photo book.
If awarded the Luminous Landscape Grant, the fund will help cover expenses for travel to the various wilderness areas as well costs for film, chemistry, paper, and ink.
The images submitted contain a mix of wild landscapes from both Wisconsin and Colorado and should provide insight into the quality and style of work I will be producing for this project.