Mary Peck: Temples & Vistas
Mary Peck photographs natural, and at times, enigmatic landscapes around the world, observing signs of geological processes, weather cycles, and traces of human activity.
Peck finds great interest in desolate areas, and especially the inhabitants’ efforts to make it a more hospitable space. Whether photographing in Europe or the United States, people rarely appear in her pictures. Instead, one sees mere traces of their presence: old dirt roads, cattle crossings, abandoned windmills, broken-down cotton trailers, and stunted orchards.
The horizon stretches in a taut line across the middle of her 6 x 15 inch prints, accentuating a sense of limitless space and distance. Wide, empty skies proclaim the preeminence of the land and the futility of human gestures to change it.