Photographer Stefani Greenwood isn’t a nature photographer but, when sweeping through her work, it definitely appears as such. There are photographic documents of unearthed dirt patches, a look at the highest and lowest geographic points in California, and even little visual odes to water droplets. This all sounds like a nature geared focus; however, there’s something more happening, almost like there is an anthropomorphization process happening through her lens, nature becoming people.
Looking at her artwork, there’s this relationship with nature that extends beyond simply viewing them or trying desperately to be a part of it. There are no trees posing or headdressed hipster girls fawning in the direction of a cactus: it’s simple moments of natural life, caught at their most extraordinary. A few examples we’ve shared here, like the brilliant photo at top of a person picking rosemary, the color of the skin and color of the bush so soft and unreal. It almost appears that the person is playing an instrument. The ant photo is particularly great as it looks like a ton of cows flocking to a riverbed for a quick drink or workers at an assembly line. There’s even a little tab of work on her site entitled I Just Fell In Love With This Tree, where you click to find this diva of a white tree, her limbs extending everywhere like a refined and unkempt forest beauty. Above the photo is a disclaimer: “This isn’t really a project…I just wanted you to know.”
Her work is super great and has its points of humor, from the astrological forecast you are greeted with when visiting the site (which undoubtedly is about her) to a person who seems to be doing the wave with a bunch of cacti. She’s also done lots of cool stuff beyond photography from a scavenger hunt with LACE to starting an LA website about neat people, places, and things. Her work is super great and definite;y something to take a peek at. I can only hope we had as interesting an eye for nature as she does.