Diana Cheren Nygren
"When the Trees Are Gone"
Surroundings play a dominant role in shaping our experience. Nygren treasures the city and tries to make space for quiet contemplation within it. Born out of three ongoing series - abstract compositions of urban structures, beachgoers and dramatic skies — this series imagines city dwellers searching for moments of relief in a world shaped by climate change, and the struggle to find balance between an environment in crisis and manmaade structures.
The question of the struggle between nature and the built environment is ever more central in urban life. In these images, relaxed beachgoers find themselves amidst carefully composed urban settings in front of dramatic skies. They are searching without seeming to find what they are looking for. Peaceful moments of strolling along the beach or standing listening to the waves while choosing the perfect spot to sit down, are inevitably infused with tension and frustration. The beach becomes rising tides, threatening the very foundation of the city.
The clash of nature and city results in an absurd profusion of visual noise and little relief. The resulting images lay bare challenges to both Nygren's urban fantasy and to city planners, and the problematic nature of the future that lies ahead for humanity and the planet.
Diana Cheren Nygren is a fine art photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work explores the visual character of place defined through physical environment and weather. Place has implications for our experience of the world, and reveals hints about the culture around it.
Diana was trained as an art historian with a focus on modern and contemporary art, and the relationship of artistic production to its socio-political context. Her emphasis on careful composition in her photographic work, as well as her subject matter, reflects this training.
Diana's photographs have received numerous honorable mentions from the Lucie Foundation and have been included in a number of juried exhibitions at Subjectively Objective, PhotoPlace Gallery, here at the Midwest Center for Photography, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Arlington Center for the Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Curated Fridge. A book of her photographs, "Capturing the Light", was published in 2017. All images in the Portfolio are Archival Pigment Prints, 16" X16" on 17" X 17" sheet, 2019, $1,000 each.