This is my newest work, a project I am calling Middle Ground. The pictures, made at a slight elevation, tell the story of our working landscapes in a time of economic and cultural polarization.
“Because wilderness is gone…”,
From Art Can Help, Yale University Gallery Press, 2017: “Leo Rubinfien once encouraged me by writing that I had as a photographer ‘laid form lightly on life,’ a compliment I do not always deserve but one I think Ken deserves with photographs like this. Form in a picture is justified by our experience of wholeness (coherence) in life, and if we are to be convincingly reminded by art of such experience then the shape in art has to be believably tentative, as fragile as meaning seems to be in life, as problematic even as the future is for those cottonwood shoots there on the far side of the creek.”