About the Book
In Another Way of Looking at Love, the landscape is explored as a metaphor to consider the personal, societal, and environmental consequences of disconnection, and simultaneously, our yearning to be connected. From 2015-2018, Janelle Lynch (born 1969) used the 8×10 camera to create still lives in the landscape that combine similar and disparate visual and biological elements. This process begins by identifying details in nature that, based on a unique vantage point, create geometric formations of closure. The connective point, or nucleus, that is created by the union becomes the artist’s plane of focus. The work is informed by Lynch’s recent immersion in drawing and painting from perception, primarily by charcoal mark-making—a new aspect of her practice that has allowed for a deeper inquiry into the nature of seeing, such as: formal abstraction, color relativity, and the notion of relationality.
The series’ title is from a quote by the philosopher Alain de Botton, who supports Dr. Amy Banks’ neuroscientific research and relational-cultural theory. Dr. Banks’ theory posits that humans are biologically hardwired to connect and that our wellness—and the well-being of our culture and planet—depends on our connections with others and with nature. This two-year project serves as a calling card for viewers to return to reflections of a natural ideal, to explore the basic human need for connection to nature and, simultaneously, the interconnectedness of all life forms. It also aims to facilitate the consideration of the impact of our current politics on the natural world, and thus on ourselves.
About the Artist
Janelle Lynch is an American large-format photographer who has created long-term projects in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. Her photographs are in museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the City of New York; George Eastman Museum; and Brooklyn Museum. She has two monographs published by Radius Books: Los Jardines de México (2010) and AIGA award-winning Barcelona (2013), which also featured her writings. Lynch’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and festivals in North America, South America, and Europe. She has had one-person museum shows at the Museo Archivo de la Fotografía, Mexico City, the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, where she was the first Artist-in-Residence in 2013. She has received several other awards and honors, including three 8×10 Film Grants from Kodak, and a residency at The Hermitage Artist Retreat for 2017-2019. Lynch’s work has also been widely published. She teaches at the International Center of Photography, and writes about photography for Afterimage, photo-eye, and The Photo Review. In 1999, she received an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.