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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

A Crack in the World by Barbara Kyne

A Crack in the World by Barbara Kyne

By Jenna Mercadante

Barbara Kyne’s A Crack in the World is not your average landscape photography. Kyne uses light and perspective to create a mysterious world that otherwise would go undiscovered. 

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

The images are a look at the way nature interacts with itself, lighting and the habitation of human beings. The images were taken between 2013 and 2016 near the Sierra Nevada mountain range where the artist immerses herself in the scenery’s magic. They are personal, secretive, hidden. The photos are a rare look at the part of nature that goes unnoticed on a daily basis. The perspective allows the viewers to merge with the environment; we become intertwined among the branches and leaves. 

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

Natural light plays a critical role in these images, whether it be sunlight or moonlight. The effect is disorienting and dreamlike. There is an importance light has in regards to keeping organisms alive; however, the way Kyne portrays the relationship in her book is enchanting. Light dances around the images, softly and beautifully. 

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

Kyne fills up the frames with textures created by the foliage making it seem as though the scene is infinite. It’s difficult to distinguish where the subjects end or begin, which adds to the idea that we are entangled in these moments. We are falling into that “crack in the world” she has created for us. 

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

©Image courtesy of Barbara Kyne

A Crack in the World is published by Daylight Books. You can see more works by the artist and purchase the book by clicking the link: www.barbarakyne.com

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