Ice Portals is a series of photographs taken during the unusually cold winter of 2017 in Bend, Oregon. These photographs are records of the unique ice formations that the artist discovered during early morning walks. Each day she would visit the same location to find a completely new configuration of ice, depending on the weather. The dramatic changes were the result of snow and ice slowly thawing and refreezing.
Since the late 1870’s, photography has been used to capture things that are ephemeral and invisible to the naked eye. Camera technology has given us the ability to see our world from extreme perspectives, from the smallest of microscopic details to vast aerial landscapes. Each of the topographic studies in Ice Portals is an abstract landscape that challenges our sense of scale. The lines, shapes and textures combined with the mysterious qualities of light and shadow create a confusing space that is fragile and fleeting.
Alyson Belcher - 2017