Minescape" explores how nature temporarily reclaims the landscape, and injects fear back into the wilderness in the aftermath of a conflict, when underneath hides a most brutal and random killer: the land mine.
As an avid hiker and backpacker, I have always found nature to be easily packaged, conquerable and free to roam through and explore without consequence. The inherent fear of wilderness in all of us subsides as we have become more accustomed to comfortable lives in the built urban environment we have constructed over the past few centuries. I chose to photograph the former front lines of the Bosnian war as a response to this lack of fear. When we are forced to recognize the power of nature, we again feel the trepidation our ancestors dealt with on a daily basis. These pieces also show the regenerative power of nature and human beings insatiable appetite to expand, explore, conquer and transform nature into civility. Ironically, it is a man-made killing machine that protects the natural setting in this instance.
Brett was born in Washington D.C. and raised and schooled in Texas. He moved to Los Angeles, California after obtaining an undergraduate degree in film. He worked as a camera assistant and camera operator for several years on various films, documentaries, commercials and television shows. Brett soon found still photography as a more personal, creative outlet that allowed him to pursue and tell stories that he felt passionate about. Spending his summers on the farm where his mother grew up instilled a great respect for nature in him from a young age. He has always been interested in land, the outdoors and how we as humans interact with our environment. Many of his personal projects focus on the landscape, and the hidden layer beneath a landscape that we may not readily be able to see.
Spending his summers on the farm where his mother grew up instilled a great respect for nature in him from a young age. He has always been interested in the land, outdoors and how we interact with our environment. His work has been featured in AP26, PDN's Photo Annual, Photo Espana, Review Santa Fe, FORMAT festival among other shows and publications. He will be releasing a monograph on the Minescape series in March 2013.