ELEMENTS Hannah Fluharty

My choice of subject is a means to document the elements in nature from the world around me. As an artist, my goal is to visually capture the essence of the environment and communicate my vision of the natural world by extracting images that evoke a sense of place and take the viewer into the environment. I executed this by photographing on an intimate level. I believe that these images will “speak” to the viewer and produce emotions on a grand scale. I am truly passionate in this quest to communicate the visual beauty of nature in its simplest form and help work to preserve it. Not only is nature portrayed in physical attributes it also can be defined as a domain of characteristics.

Earth represents the hard, solid objects of the planet. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, physicality and gravity. While earth was the most difficult to capture since it can cover such a broad spectrum, I found this section to have challenges what is common associated with the term "Earth Element". It is not all hard and stubborn objects, throughout this process I found this planet consists of many soft and adaptable objects that will move and grow to stay alive.

Water represents the build, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness and hardness. During this process I intentionally wanted to focus on the flow of water and how it interacts with other objects. Yet when I went out on my shoots I noticed how more often than not, nobody focuses on how versitile this element can be. This shifted my focus from soft flowing water to, looking at how there are multiple stages for this element such as snow, ice, stagnent and flowing water.

Fire represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention and an outgoing spirit. Since I had been focusing on the hardness of objects in other elements, I wanted to focus on the flow and beauty of fire. My intentions were to create an emotion behind each photo. The natural flow of the fire in each image can create a unique connection with the viewer.

The two photos shown below were taken minutes apart at the same spot and location.


Air represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, easiness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom. Starting this process was the most difficult for me. The hardest part was never knowing when the perfect opportunity was going to come my way. There was no way to predict a sunset so during this stage I would carry my camera around with me wherever I went, waiting for that perfect moment.

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