Lisa M. Robinson | Snowbound

© Lisa M. Robinson

For the past five years, I have been making photographs in the snow and ice. I am interested in metaphor, and have sought to comprehend our human place in this world.

On the surface, these images are quite beautiful. They appear elegantly simple and accessible, evoking, perhaps, the silent tranquility that one might feel after a fresh snowfall. Beneath the surface, however, there is a subtle tension. Like fine haiku, each image quietly references another season, a time of life or activity that has already passed, and may come again. Throughout the series run the leitmotifs of poles and ropes and a palette of man-made color. The relationship between the human and the natural world becomes more tightly intertwined as the series progresses, and the cycles of life and death and transformation fold inward.

This interest in time passage and life cycles becomes distilled in explorations of water itself. Ice, snow, fog and water embody the liminal states of a primary element. At times, the multiple forms exist simultaneously. It is as though the thing itself possesses its own counterpoint- and transformation is a constant condition, despite seeming moments of stillness.


One thought on “Lisa M. Robinson | Snowbound

  1. I visited the website and I absolutely love these images. I think they are particularly poignant to to someone from a northern climb, especially in late February when snow and ice make you feel nothing but annoyance and 40 degrees feels downright balmy. They remind me of the simplicity, beauty and tranquility that snow can make me feel. That snow muffles and softens the harshness of the world, even port-o-potties. I absolutely love these images.

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