James Parker
Rochester Hills, MI
Booth: B 23,24
As the eldest son of a historian, I'm interested in the architectural artifacts and geologic history of the West. As an explorer, I use the lens to further my examination of interesting manmade and natural subjects in the landscape. As an artist, I'm interested in the effects of the passage of time on both a human and geologic scale.

Sweeping western vistas, quirky artifacts & architectural details highlight my work. Whether photographing patterns of wind and water in a desert canyon, or the textures of a faded ranch, my visual commentary echoes the politics, history and cultures that collided in Westward expansion.

This body of work focuses on the absence of people in a rural landscape. The stories portrayed in the artifacts left behind are my subjects, in a landscape that is often lonely and quiet. Each viewer brings his own experience when looking at these photographs. My hope is that the subtle manipulation of color, composition and content will strike an emotional chord with everyone who views the work.