Channeling the traditions of grand manner and still life painting, Jeff Bark explores the earthly and sublime, the fleshly and psychological in his lush, meticulously composed photographs. He began photographing in the 1980s, developing a vigorous career as a fashion photographer for publications like Vogue and the Victoria’s Secret catalogues. This focus on artifice and the human form feeds into his own work, centered upon fecund still life tableaux and ambiguous, allegorical scenes featuring nude or scantily clad male and female protagonists. Though he shot his “Lucifer Falls” series (2010), of human figures dwarfed by cascading waterfalls, in situ, he constructs the detailed settings for most of his compositions in his studio. Full of suggestive details and suffused with atmospheric lighting, Bark’s photographs read as suspended narratives—about our innermost drives and our fragile place in the world.