Pamela Cobb | Statement: Illusions of Place

Illusions of Place

My focus as a photographer is to examine the perception and experience of landscape and to portray the mood or spirit evoked by light and scale.  I live in western Massachusetts, a landscape that is familiar to me and feels like home: intimate and accessible.  Inspired by many years living in the west, I often long for the splendor and sense of the sublime evoked by the mountains and vast open plains.  I went looking close to home to make images that could evoke a similar sense of awe and expansiveness, and found these illusions of grandeur in the most ordinary and unassuming fields, hills and parking lots.  This series of photographs represents an appreciation for both the dramatic scale and spaces of the west and the intimate spaces of the east, and a corresponding vision of these two very different landscapes.