Angela Belt

Posted by: on June 6, 2018

Vestige #49 by Angela Belt

My interests lie in intersections of humankind and the more-than-human world, and photography’s ability to interpret them.

Vestiges reflects on our influence upon nature, created at a Bristlecone Pine grove in Colorado’s Mountains. At over 1,000 years old, these trees have prospered in one of the planet’s harshest environments. Rising from thin, arid soil at 11,200-feet, they endure fierce perpetual winds, long droughts, and year-round temperatures near to well-below freezing. I’m awed by their formal  beauty, carved from the austere, remote environment they call home. I’m moved by their strength and resilience against time, wind, altitude…everything but us.

I captured the images with long-expired Polaroid 665 pos/neg film. The nature of the film–its imperfections and a truncated tonal range–juxtaposed with the unique Bristlecone forms, implies steadfast value of the past, and a sense of unease for a future where industry and technology supersede adopting balance with nature.

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