March 30th, 2009
February 27th, 2009
Today we present nine images by Canadian photographer Adam Makarenko from his recent Northern Highways & Rockcuts project. Influenced by science and nature, Makarenko creates a vivid tableau vivant through miniatures, which he photographs into poignant visual narratives concerned with human intervention in nature. Makarenko won the Magenta Foundation’s Bright Spark Award in 2008.
Below the images, Makarenko and PDN’s Darren Ching discuss working with miniatures and the inspiration for this project.
Photo © Adam Makarenko
“Misty Hive is from the series called The Langstroth Range, which is derived from a narrative story that I developed of the same name The Langstroth Range is an imaginary place located in the Yukon Valley. It is a pseudo garden of Eden; it is untouched, unexploited, and unexplored. Within this mountainous region there are giant bees, rare flowers, and prehistoric bears. The Langstroth Range is essentially like a lost world. It is a place that has been left alone by people until one man named William Bjorn discovers the valley. He eventually exploits the area to turn a profit, and this ultimately leads to the giant bees demise. There is a rush to attain the golden honey of these bees, drawing a comparison to the Yukon Gold Rush.”