Sarah Anne Johnson
Canadian, born 1975
From the Tree Planters series 2003
Chromogenic print, mounted on sintra, laminated to Plexiglas
Sarah Anne Johnson describes her world of tree planters as the closest thing she has found to utopia. Her images are taken both from the “real” world and scenes she has created for the camera. For some photographs, Johnson sculpts figures and sets them into dioramas as a way to reconstruct what she remembers of an experience. Other photographs are more documentary in character, and depict not only a sense of the sublime, but hard physical labour, the dynamics of a closely knit community of fellow planters, and experiences of nature, which include not only visions of its beauty but black flies, mosquitoes, mud, rain, and heat.