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112 My photographs serve as modern dioramas of our new natural history. Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the “wild,” how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and to alter the behavior of both humans and animals. We seek connection to the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and to control the wild within our own natures. Within my work I examine the primal issues of comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world. Increasingly, these encounters take place within the artificial ecotones we have constructed, which act as both passage and barrier between domestic space and the wild. The photographs in this series are constructed based on real stories from local newspapers and on oral histories of intentional and random interactions between humans and animals. The narratives are set in and around Matamoras, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania that borders a state forest. Amy Stein DOMESTICATED Net Trasheaters In Between Threat Riverside Struggle New Homes Backyard Predator ...


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pp. 112-128
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