Ryan James MacFarland
Bent Pine

Unique Fujifilm Instant Print, 3.375 x 4.25 inches
Signed on verso, 2013
Edition of 60 + 5 APs (each unique)


Ryan James MacFarland was a resident at the Shandaken Project in summer 2012. While there, he worked in the studio familiarly known as "Bent Pine," so named for the unusual tree growing beside it. The bizarre distortions produced by the studios' PVC windows remained with MacFarland in the months after his residency. The next year, he proposed to make Bent Pine—a series of unique photographs documenting the tree, shot from within the studio.

The photographs defy categorization: they are unique prints from an analog process that appear digitally manipulated and mechanically reproduced. Bent Pine continues MacFarland's longstanding interest in imaging and abstracting the natural world.

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