Semi-Natural State

Shelley Wildeman

Semi-Natural State is about urban parks—places that resemble nature but in idealized terms. Parks are a representation of rural life; they appear natural and sometimes wild, but are usually highly controlled by humans. Wildeman combines romantic, black-and-white landscape photographs with images of people, and uses a digital technique of layering within different colour channels. In these composite images, the passing of time and one’s brief presence in these places is felt.