Independent Order of Oddfellows, Schullburgh, Wisconsin
Height: 10 in
Width: 9.75 in
Symmetrical black and white photograph of wall lined with wooden chairs; painting hung above, at center; wooden floor.
David Plowden's photographs focus on the struggle between civilization and nature, old and new. In his photographs and writing he explores the beauty, power, light and significance of once commonplace icons, capturing the visual texture of a bygone America on the verge of vanishing. Not merely nostalgic however, Plowden's photographs often include "found objects" as subjects in highly constructed compositions more about light and shadow contrasts than subject alone. Above all, Plowden's images capture an intimacy that brings subject and viewer into close proximity.