Nick Eyre

Space Taken

Over the last five hundred years, the North American landscape has been shaped by human expansion. In that time, the attitude toward nature has shifted from respect to attempts at domination. Urbanization and sprawl have worn away at the human-nature bond and living spaces once sculpted out of forests are now deposited on bulldozed lots.

For my Arts & Humanities Capstone at Olin College, I created a series of photographs to tell a story of how our connection to the surrounding natural environment is realized through the homes we build. This story is spatial rather than temporal and is not intended as a criticism of city life or suburban sprawl. While preparing this collection, I was struck by small modernist villas encompassed by towering oak trees and by old farm houses framed by perfectly manicured lawns. The images aim to remind of the ways in which we can design human environments to harmonize with those already present.

This project was inspired by the work of Edward Burtynsky, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Richard Wasserman, the Center for Land Use Interpretation and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs.