Natalia Vodianova ph Mert & Marcus for W magazine, August 2006
In every culture, the sky and the religious impulse are intertwined. I lie back in an open field and the sky surrounds me. I’m overpowered by its scale. It’s so vast and so far away that my own insignificance becomes palpable. But I don’t feel rejected by the sky. I’m part of it, tiny, to be sure, but everything is tiny compared to that overwhelming immensity. And when I concentrate on the stars, the planets, and their motions, I have an irresistible sense of machinery, clockwork, elegant precision working on a scale that, however lofty our aspirations, dwarfs and humbles us.
August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.
Lisa Toboz earned an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a writer, artist and curator of Studio 5013. Her photography can be found in Poladarium 2014, Square Magazine, and Public Record. Recently she and her husband, artist Jeff Schreckengost collaborated on “Letters from the Rust Belt,” a sound, text, and Polaroid-based project for Contraphonic Sound Series which will be out later this year. She is currently working on a photobook about Pittsburgh. You can also see rest of her series, “Lost City”, in Issue 1 of Pryme Magazine.
Methane-induced melt-hole on a frozen lake in the Brooks Range in Alaska in April of 2011.
Photo credit: Katey Walter Anthony