Piece description from the artist
On one of my trips to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I visited Jockey's Ridge, which is where the Wright Brothers tested their planes and took their first manned flight. I always try to look down and around and see the unseen landscapes that occur at various scales, and in this case I happened to see two tiny pathways intersecting in miniature, microcosmic dunes within the dune. I think my foot could cover the entirety of the tracks shown in this photo. I'm not sure what created these tracks. It could have been insects, crustaceans, or even just small pebbles rolling in the wind?
Benjamin Erlandson, Ph.D. is a photographer and multimedia creator, shooting for more than thirty years and creating motion-based works for nearly as long, first experiencing stop-motion animation at a summer camp during middle school. Ben has degrees from UNC-Asheville, Emerson College, and Arizona State University.
His latest collaborative stop motion animated short film Monster News Feed has been featured and awarded in several film festivals, including Best Experimental Film at Frostbite International Indie Fest. Ben’s nature photography has been featured in solo and juried shows and published in journals such as Burningword Literary, The Esthetic Apostle, and Camas. In 2020, one of his photos was selected as the inaugural Conservation Award winner by the Appalachian Mountain Club.
A relatively new exploration and practice, his environmental modeling and portraiture photography has been consistently published internationally since October 2020.
Having lived and worked in Asheville, Boston, Tempe, Monterey Bay, Berkeley, and Washington, DC, Ben currently resides in the quiet mountains of Glade Valley, North Carolina. Whenever the opportunity arises, he travels the world, always taking as many cameras as he can fit into his bag.