Jan Staller

n more than twenty five years of making photographs, my work has traced a trajectory from otherworldly landscape photography to modernist abstraction. While the ostensible subjects of my work are largely found in the constructed world and human altered environments, the resulting images present a view that distinctly departs from the subjects’ appearance. My photographs are neither objective nor descriptive; the images are evocative and dramatic. Instead of merely representing a place, my work creates a sense of place.

Many of my photographs are made at construction sites, as is this image, Rock of Cages. The structure is a sound abatement wall running alongside alongside Interstate 287 in Summit New Jersey. The image was made at twilight using two metal halide stadium lights, which have a green cast on color film. The green cast corrected in printing, which in turn causes the sky to appear red in the print.