I was born in a kibbutz and raised in the Jezreel Valley. I always thought we were living in the wild, or as near as possible at the very least. As I grew older what I perceived as a jungle transformed into a pleasant piece of manicured land. The green expanses became plowed fields and the smell of wood became the slight stench of cow manure.
My work is mostly focused on parks and zoos - cultured natural environments. Parks, across their many shapes and sizes, are enclosed and defined areas simulating the natural in an attempt to satisfy our visceral yearning to be in contact with mother nature. They succeed in creating some degree of such exposure and allow a certain breadth of extraordinary behavior.
During recent years I have been studying our cultural perceptions of nature and the perpetual tension which exists between the natural and the artificial, with photography providing a vantage point between the two. Through it the call of the wild can be heard, but of course cameras are designed artifacts. I examine the relationship between photography and representations of nature. While photography is used as an instrument of documentation it simultaneously transforms and reengineers nature anew.
The same physically manicured nature in the real world, along with the culturally engineered concept of that which is ‘natural’ create an arena of complexity that presents nature as a human construct. Photography acts in a similar manner, culturizing all it comes in contact with. In the disguise of objectively reporting and documenting it selectively reveals and conceals, creating an engineered representation of reality.
The camera exposes the relationship between photographers and the world; the stance they assume and their points of view. I am interested in the distances between myself and things in the world. The distance between the ground and the tree tops, between my hand and the sky, between myself and a bat. I photograph the distance and by doing so eliminate it. I find that the existential experience is essentially a bodily one, with an emphasis on how near or how far it is from other objects.