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Exploring growing rifts between local cultures and their surrounding landscape through photography, Jon Wyatt employs wonder and natural beauty to address national identity and land ownership. A self-taught photographer, Wyatt formerly worked for ski and snowboard travel companies and magazines, venturing to lesser-known mountains and developing a preference for wide landscape shots that minimized human presence. His “Huangshan” series addresses the fracture between China’s rich history and present-day reality: the Huangshan mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic source of inspiration for painters and artists, is partially owned by a tourist company and is listed on the Shanghai stock exchange. In Wyatt’s black-and-white photographs, which show the influence of ink drawings, the clouds and mist obscure the mountain’s peaks, symbolizing the divide between nation and landscape while upholding the awe-inspiring majesty of the natural world.

Flatholm Island, Bristol Channel, 2011

Silver gelatin prints on resin-coated paper
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12 × 16 in
30.5 × 40.6 cm
Edition of 20
CAD $850
20 × 24 in
50.8 × 61 cm
Edition of 12
CAD $1,050
30 × 40 in
76.2 × 101.6 cm
Edition of 9
CAD $1,950
Location
Toronto
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Medium

Exploring growing rifts between local cultures and their surrounding landscape through photography, Jon Wyatt employs wonder and natural beauty to address national identity and land ownership. A self-taught photographer, Wyatt formerly worked for ski and snowboard travel companies and magazines, venturing to lesser-known mountains and developing a preference for wide landscape shots that minimized human presence. His “Huangshan” series addresses the fracture between China’s rich history and present-day reality: the Huangshan mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic source of inspiration for painters and artists, is partially owned by a tourist company and is listed on the Shanghai stock exchange. In Wyatt’s black-and-white photographs, which show the influence of ink drawings, the clouds and mist obscure the mountain’s peaks, symbolizing the divide between nation and landscape while upholding the awe-inspiring majesty of the natural world.

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