Evan Laudenslager is an artist and writer currently living in Philadelphia. He was born in Bethlehem, PA and earned a BA in Visual Studies in 2014 from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He has worked for numerous arts organizations including as Editor for Project Basho, Submission Reviewer at LensCulture and Photo Editor at Artblog. His writing has been published by Title Magazine, Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, A/fixed, NAPOLEON Gallery, Benrido Collotype Atelier and ONWARD Photo, among others.
He was introduced to photography at a young age through his father and the work of Paul Strand and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, whose work opened a door into using imagery to document and interpret the world. Now based in Philadelphia, his work explores the interaction of nature and industry, distance and intimacy, and the preservation and degradation of memory in relation to the image.
Long Walk to the Meadow
Making photographs is a way to continuously document and archive my visual experiences, and also a means of escape. I view the photograph not only as a record and part of a larger personal archive, but as a way to interrogate my own reality in relation to the one within the frame.
I was born in close proximity to the crumbling ruins of America’s steel industry, and am fascinated by nature’s perseverance and the interruptions of mankind. This work explores the contradictions that photography can reveal in both our natural and man-made environments and questions the idea of permanence as well as the inherent chaos of the world and how to find order in it. I investigate the lengths we go to imitate and integrate the natural world into our own spaces while at the same time using nature as an escape from our daily lives, and how I myself get lost in the space between.
To view more of Evan’s work please visit his website.