When Lisa Robinson asked for a residency in a snowy month, her request seemed simple enough. Syracuse receives an average of 160 inches of snow each year. However, one week into her residency in February, the skies were still mostly blue with just a few snowflakes to tease her. We have since received a mediocre amount of snow in this unusually mild winter, and Lisa has had to drive to surrounding areas to photograph her calm, wintery landscapes. She has been photographing snowscapes since 2003, looking for man-made, singular objects blanketed in heavy layers of snow. She describes, “I have always been interested in the human presence that remains even in the absence of a human. The images from Snowbound describe a cultural landscape in which the objects of our recreation and occupation harmonize with the natural world while subtly restraining it.” Not short on new ideas, she plans to continue the work for at least a few more seasons.
Lisa M. Robinson lives in Jackson Heights, NY. She has shown her work internationally. Her series Snowbound is currently on view at Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. It will continue on to the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, Jack Leigh Gallery in Savannah, GA, and to the Galleri Image in Copenhagen, Denmark. Awards include fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.