Photographing architecture, man and nature: the "Hide" project
The dichotomy of man vs. nature is as old as the history of the human race and its efforts to control and dominate it. In his photographs, Jason Vaughn portrays the shelters of local deer hunters: haphazard constructions where men huddle and wait, hidden from the animals' sight.
But his photographs go beyond mere documentation and tell us the story of the hunting traditions that are handed down from father to son here, speaking of strong family ties interwoven with ties to the land.
The shelter and its reproduction in photographs become tangible symbols of this relationship between man and the land.
Thus "Hide" moves from photographic documentation of the spontaneous architecture of archaic traditions to personal stories. The photographer makes images of architecture into the notes of a ballad that reflects Jason Vaughn’s love of his chosen land: Wyoming. This is where he was reborn after a long illness, and this is where his son was born.
Christiane Bürklein (@chrisbuerklein)