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Exhibitions

2018
Florida Environs
LeMoyne Arts
June 1–30. Tallahassee, Florida. Curated by Ann Kozeliski, Art Director.


Recognition

2018
Landscape Photography Award, Florida Environs
Tallahassee, Florida. David Moynahan, Juror.


Artist Statement

Nature is ever changing. Never more so than today. Yet the increasingly ephemeral state of our remaining wild places can be documented — and remembered. The photograph, with its enduring potential, provides us a way to preserve not only a sublime moment in the woods, but also a voice for those same wild places that no longer exist.

Drew Harkey began recording these landscapes as an wildland firefighter and archaeologist. At first, his photography was unintentional; he just snapped shots as a way to capture something he sensed from the forest. But over time he realized that his images were really the only way to return — because the archaeologist is only called in to make sure a road, industrial park or housing development can move forward. After he leaves, the bulldozers follow.

Today, Drew documents places endangered and preserved, hoping to show the same essence found in both — hoping to demonstrate the value of all wild places regardless their legislated fate. His work, then, is an epitaph, a plea and a celebration. And, most especially, an opportunity to share with others those exceptional moments when he has witnessed Nature as artist.