Cypress Cabaret

Jenny Ellerbe is a self-taught photographer whose black and white images are landscape driven and often deal with the historical or ecological importance of a site. Ellerbe’s images are meant to give a sense of the places she photographs. Her work has an enduring quality that manages to make subtle references to the passage of time. For instance, Cypress Cabaret alludes to human activities and ecological processes with its title and anthropomorphic cypress tree. The tree seems to emerge, moving forward like a mythical creature from a mysterious shroud of fog. The image speaks to the interrelatedness of human culture and nature, a relationship that is increasingly treated as mutually exclusive in society.

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